Rural Support Hosts YFSeesYou Ambassador Training for YFCU
Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Northern Ireland’s largest rural youth organisation recently hosted a mental health training weekend at La Mon Hotel for the new YFSeesYou Ambassadors in the organisation. The Ambassador Training focused on how to develop positive emotional health and wellbeing, as well as raising awareness and addressing mental ill health.
The Ambassador Training covered several topics over the two-day weekend, and included bereavement; emotional, physical, and mental wellness; coaching and mentoring skills and incorporated fun and interactive ways to embed the principles of positive emotional health. Many were challenging topics to consider but all are vital for YFSeesYou Ambassadors to have the necessary knowledge and skills to assist members in their club and local community.
YFCU would like to thank the Rural Support team for creating and delivering the training, as it will make a substantial positive impact in our local communities and will help to remove the stigma that surrounds mental and emotional wellbeing. The training has also equipped our YFSeesYou Ambassadors with how to offer guidance and signpost to external support when appropriate.
Commenting on YFSeesYou Ambassador Training, Peter Alexander, YFCU President said “The organisation’s mental health campaign has just completed our next step by training up 9 members who will work as YFSeesYou Ambassadors with our clubs and members during their winter programme. I would encourage all clubs to get in contact with HQ and book an Ambassador to come to their club meeting for an interactive talk on positive emotional and mental health. The training provided by Rural Support was challenging but also very worthwhile for all members and I would like to thank them for their support.”
Veronica Morris, Chief Executive of Rural Support who helped deliver the training said “The YFSeesYou Ambassadors are a great example of the type of young people who can, and will, help shine a light on the importance of health and wellbeing for club members. We were very impressed by their hard work and engagement over the weekend and look forward to working with them over the coming months and years in support of the wider YFCU community. I would also like to thank YFCU President Peter Alexander and Jane Kilpatrick as Chair of the Mental Health Sub-Committee – and all those on the sub-committee – for their commitment to this important topic for our rural young people as they navigate their lives.”