SCOTTISH YOUNG Farmers were given the go ahead to resume a gradual, phased return of face-to-face interaction at the end of last month.

Under the Scottish Government’s route map, organisations and charities across Scotland could resume activities under strict new guidelines.

In order for registered Young Farmers Clubs to preserve the bond created with newer members and provide support to the younger generation of rural Scotland, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) have prearranged guidelines, action plans and activity planner documents to assist office bearers for the safe reopening of activities.

Hundreds of members holding office bearer positions have opted-in on Covid-19 ‘Risk Assessment Training’ across the last two months via online sessions. Club and District committees have been supported with the information they require to make informed decisions on a simple risk-led approach for the gradual, phased return of face-to-face delivery of certain grassroots activities.

A plan for the longer-term re-commencement of full Young Farmers activity has briefly been discussed during the largely attended virtual meetings. Given the uncertain nature of the current situation – with new nation-wide lockdown measures coming into force since Friday, September 25. Future advice will be subject to regular review.

SAYFC are offering fortnightly ‘Question and Answer Sessions’ for members to ensure every Club and District is kept up to date on proceedings.

In the return to a slightly more normal status, Young Farmers Clubs are being advised to adhere to the government guidelines being raised to the association by YouthLink Scotland.