I am pleased to announce that following our application to the Charities Commission, the Farm Safety Foundation has been officially granted Charitable Status. Our registered charity number is: 1159000.
Our long term objections are:
1. The Farm Safety Foundation aims to establish itself as a leading authority on farm safety, working closely with farmers, the NFU, the Farm Safety Partnership of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a range of farming organisations to help reduce the toll of fatal and serious injury accidents.
2. Over the coming years the Foundation will be conducting research, mounting safety awareness campaigns and providing practical advice and training for farmers and their workers.
3. The awareness campaign will be led by the image of yellow wellies and will be asking farmers the question ‘Who will fill your boots?’ in the event of an accident or death.
4. We hope to see a noticeable clear reduction in accidents and deaths over the five-year period of the campaign – but we accept that changing behaviour can take time.
Our Primary Objectives for the coming year are:
1. To raise awareness of farming safely amongst young farmers or young people moving in to agriculture.*
2. To change attitudes towards farming safely in young farmers.
3. To reduce the number of injuries and fatalities
4. To secure on-going funding.
Over the coming years, myself and the other trustees will be committing a significant amount of time and effort to engaging with the farming community in order to raise awareness of farm and agricultural safety, ultimately we aim to reduce the tragic levels of death and injury amongst the rural community. It really is shocking that farming, which comprises just 1.5% of the overall UK workforce is accountable for between 15 and 20% of all workplace fatalities, we have a responsibility to engage with stakeholders in order to drive real change and ensure that farmers are doing everything reasonably possible to ensure that the very real dangers associated with farming are mitigated.