(Pictured above is Mayo Macra member Shane Quigley at the Rural Youth Europe Autumn Seminar in Finland last year)
Macra na Feirme to host Autumn Seminar
The Autumn Seminar is held in a different country every year, in October or November. It’s organised by Rural Youth Europe (RYE), in conjunction with one of its partner organisations. The week-long event has a rural theme that is relevant based on what’s happening in Europe and how it’s impacting young, rural Europeans. The Autumn Seminar usually includes workshops and excursions for attendees from RYE partner organisations across Europe, including Macra na Feirme, Ulster Young Farmers and 4H.
Together with RYE we’ll coordinate the full event. Macra has the opportunity to choose a theme for the week, set out what we want to achieve. We’ll design an interactive and fun week of events for members of Rural Youth groups across Europe. We’ll also work with representatives from the teams arranging the 2019 and 2021 Autumn Seminars to make sure there’s lots of information sharing.
Hosting the Autumn Seminar is a great honour, and as part of the hosting opportunities, a core preparation team of 3-5 members of Macra na Feirme will be set up in the coming months. If you’re interested in being part of this prep team, please let us know. We’ll need lots of people to get involved with the individual activities over the event in 2020 when it takes place, so if the commitment to join the prep team is too big, don’t worry, there will still be lots of ways to get involved in the fun!
Rural Youth Officers - Call to Action
Macra is widely recognised within the agricultural community as a voice for young farmers. Lots of work has been going on to make sure we’re recognised as a voice for rural young people not involved in agriculture too.
Over the last 12 months the Rural Youth Committee Chair and Vice-Chair, Ger and Shane, with other members of the committee, have travelled around the country to meet with counties and regions. This is part of our objective to build a 5 Year Plan, so we can strategically lobby government to make sure that we’re making changes that make life easier for young people living in rural Ireland.
One of the projects we’re working on at the moment is to extend the travel survey done last year to rural businesses, to really demonstrate how the current public transport system serves communities outside major urban hubs. We also have a lot of other projects planned based on the great information we’ve received from you in our meetings around the country, but there’s lots of great work to be done, and the Rural Youth Officers across the country will be vital to make this happen.
We’re working with the TDOs and National Office to make sure that the Rural Youth Officers will have more information from the time of county and regional AGMs, and that we have clearer lines of communication to make your role easier in your county or region, and to help drive the plans that are being made to make Macra more effective for rural young people forward.
If you have any information to share with us, or suggestions for things we can take on as objectives to support rural young people, please let us know. You can email Kate Markey, email@example.com with any suggestions you may have.