6th June 2009
Wales YFC Report
It gives me great pleasure to write a short piece for your year book as Wales YFC Chairman! When I was a curious and enthusiastic young member, reading the Eryri Yearbook, I never imagined that I would reach this role within the organisation - so for those of your reading this "it could be you"!!
That's what's great about this organisation, what you can get out of it is totally up to you.... its your choice....your organisation. HOWEVER, a bit of advice - after many a year in university and a few lessons in life, some of the best experiences I have ever had have come through the organisation... so stick with it!
It can frighten you how quickly time flies, and there has been a few changes in the office in Llanelwedd. Changes to the staffing team are the most obvious with Siwan, Enfys and Diana leaving the staff team. It is pleasing to see them all developing their careers based on experiences that they have nurtured through the YFC. This has given the opportunity for Dylan Davies (Development and Welsh promotion officer) and Nia Lloyd (Chief Executive) to develop their skills, to share their enthusiasm with us, and to be a part of the evolution of the best youth organisation in Europe, if not the world. These changes have allowed us to look at the staffing structure and individuals responsibilities that have resulted in a few changes that will save money without reducing the services available to Counties and members.
A number of other measures have been put into place to stabilise the financial situation, and one of the most visible changes this year will be the Young Peoples' Village during the Royal Welsh...so come and see for yourselves!!
The organisation generally is very dependent on grants and sponsorship and this causes great concern with regards to the current economic climate. The Board of Management is keeping a close eye on the situation to ensure that we are operating as effectively as we can and that the organisations structure will allow it to strengthen and develop into the future.
The organisations work with the charity of the year, Diabetes UK Cymru, is going well with some counties raising money while others are doing their bit to raise awareness of diabetes amongst the organisations members and supporters - thank you to you all for your support.
Thats enough from me! I would like to wish you all the best as the members of Brecknock County.