In the farming industry, we are lucky to have a wealth of regional and national organisations providing support, advice and guidance to farming and rural communities.
These support services are available online, by phone, virtually or face-to-face and include:
Rural Support provides a listening and signposting service for farmers and farming families across Northern Ireland through its support-line. They also provide various programmes and mentoring support to help with farming challenges, financial concerns and personal issues such as bereavement and farm succession.
Provides emotional, practical and financial support to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector in Scotland including farming and crofting. The RSABI helpline is available every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.
The DPJ Foundation
The DPJ Foundation provides support to those who work in the agricultural sector with a 24hr call line for support and access to fully funded counselling across Wales.
Volunteers work with farmers and their families to help make sense of problems, provide practical support and solutions and partner with other organisations where it would be helpful. They have a Freephone Helpline and visit farms to spend time getting to understand the issues and provide the support needed.
ENGLAND & WALES
R.A.B.I – The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
R.A.B.I provides tailored financial support, practical care and guidance to farmers, farmworkers and their dependents. Every application is treated on its own merits and handled with compassion and discretion. They have introduced two new online mental wellbeing platforms:
Over 18 yrs QWELL Home – Qwell
Unber 18 yrs KOOTH Home – Kooth
The Farming Community Network
A charity and voluntary organisation that provides practical and pastoral support to farmers and farming families through difficult times on a regional basis.
The Addington Fund has five areas of operation: disaster relief on farm when animal welfare is at risk, retirement homes for farmers, affordable rural homes for young agriculturists, essential goods for farm workers and a young entrant’s scheme to bring first generation farmers into the industry
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Phonelines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need someone to talk to, they listen. They won’t judge or tell you what to do.
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