New charity support to help manage stress and farm succession

New training workshops to help farmers manage stress and talk constructively about succession and planning for the future have been created by a coalition of farm charities.

The Farming Community Network, Addington Fund and Forage Aid have devised the online sessions that will offer advice on spotting signs of stress, planning ahead and managing change.

The workshops, to be held in February and March, will discuss how to deal with difficult conversations about succession and encourage farmers to share their own experiences.

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The charities, known collectively as Farming Help, say the practical scenarios have been designed to get people thinking about how they would respond in a particular situation – including a conversation about succession on the family farm and two farmers responding to change in different ways.

Bill Young, chief executive of Addington Fund, said: “Working alongside other charities as part of Farming Help allows us to collaborate at a time when our industry really needs to come together as a community and show a united front.

“As well as delivering the Farming Help awareness sessions, this close working model allows us to provide greater support to farmers and farming families, particularly during times of crisis and emergency, while cutting costs and reducing duplication.”

Defra is funding the new support and the Farming Help charities will deliver it. The charities hope to hold in-person sessions for farmers in England when coronavirus restrictions are further eased.

Online sessions

The initial online sessions are open to farmers in the UK and will be held 12-2pm on:

  • 24 February
  • 25 February
  • 10 March
  • 11 March

To book a place, email: training@fcn.org.uk

Farming Help was created to combine the expertise of different rural charities to better support farmers’ practical and pastoral needs.

The coalition can help farmers with forage, feed and bedding in times of crisis, as well as housing and emergency relief, mental health and wellbeing support and training and development.

The Farming Help helpline is: 03000 111 999