Additional support contacts

National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups – The Prince’s Countryside Fund


National rural support services

  • The Farming Community Network (FCN)
    • The Farming Community Network (FCN) run a confidential, national helpline and e-helpline which is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm with volunteers providing free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone within the farming community who seeks help.
  • The Addington Fund
    • The Addington Fund is a service in England and Wales providing homes for farmers and their families who have had to leave their farm, through no fault of their own.
  • RSABI
    • RSABI supports people from Scottish agriculture emotionally, practically and financially in times of need. The service is available to those from farming, crofting, and growing or their dependants. This is a comprehensive service to clients who are experiencing difficult times to enable them to move forward.
  • R.A.B.I
    • The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.) provides financial support to farming people of all ages, particularly those on low incomes and little in the way of savings when they are in financial difficulty.
  • The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust
    • The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust help support gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies through financial grants, support, housing and employment.
  • The Farm Safety Foundation
    • The Farm Safety Foundation is a charity working to challenge and change the industry’s risk taking behaviour and address the poor safety record that farming continues to have. Through educational programmes and campaigns such as Farm Safety Week, Yellow Wellies and Mind Your Head, the charity is tackling the stigma around risk-taking and poor mental health, ensuring that that farmers are resilient and equipped with smart strategies and specific skills to live well and farm well.
  • Perennial
    • Perennial provides a free debt and support service for those in the horticultural industry and their families.
  • Samaritans
    • Samaritans is a free support service to those at risk of suicide and undergoing emotional stress.
  • Mind
    • A national mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Regional rural support services

  • YANA (You Are Not Alone)East Anglia & Worcestershire
    • YANA provides mental health support for the farming and rural business community in East Anglia and Worcestershire. They run a confidential helpline and provide fully funded counselling, as well as Mental Health First Aid training.
    • YANA produced a directory of National, County and Regional support groups for farming and rural communities, which the Princes Countryside Fund now manages. Click on the image on the right to download a PDF version.
  • Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy Cheshire and Wirral
    • Providing 24 hour support, 7 days a week to the farming community.
  • Farm CornwallCornwall
    • Farm Cornwall offers confidential and practical advice to , ranging from mental health support to financial advice.
  • Growing WellCumbria
    • A mental health charity providing support to Farmers on building back and developing their mental health.
  • The Farmer Network LtdCumbria
    • Grassroots organisation that support farmers and their businesses in the current market.
  • Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group are now being covered by FCN volunteers – Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire
    • FCN is working with the Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group to ensure support to farmers continues uninterrupted. FCN has set up a new County Group for Beds & Cambs, and calls to Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group should now be directed to FCN’s Helpline instead: 03000 111 999
  • The Farming Health HubCornwall
    • The Hub is built on a desire to build on Cornwall’s reputation for partnership working to create a new organisation in which private, public and voluntary sector organisations work together to provide confidential advice around Physical Health, Mental Health and Business Health to farmers and their families in their day to day lives.
  • The Farming Life CentreDerbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District
    • A Charity supporting and working with those living in the Peak District.
  • Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy (DAC)Derbyshire
    • The DAC help those in the farming community through hard financial and emotional times, coping with animal diseases as well personal health. They run a confidential helpline and pastoral visits can be organised though this.
  • Dartmoor Hill Farm ProjectDevon
    • The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project was formed to allow a viable for the future of farming in Dartmoor.
  • Exmoor Hill Farming Network Devon and Somerset
    • Helping upland farmers across Exmoor. The network works with local farmers, the local community and local support agencies to provide a wealth of information and form a supportive community.
  • Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Service (UTASS)Durham
    • UTASS provide support to the Durham Dales, focusing on helping those having rural problems before a point of crisis is reached.
  • Gloucestershire Farming FriendsGloucestershire
    • Working in partnership with FCN, Gloucestershire Farming Friends has volunteers to support the rural community in times of need.
  • Herefordshire Rural HubHerefordshire
    • Support service to farming and rural businesses, a free membership scheme is also run to help on the social, economic and environmental aspects of rural and farming businesses.
  • Borderlands Rural ChaplaincyHerefordshire and Shropshire
    • An agricultural chaplaincy aimed at offering confidential pastoral support to those in the agricultural community.
  • Field NurseLancashire
    • Provide medical clinics at Gisburn and Clitheroe Auction Market to identify and prevent the physical and mental risks of those in the farming and rural community.
  • Lincolnshire Rural Support NetworkLincolnshire
    • A voluntary led group that support farmers and rural people at times of need, stress and anxiety.
  • Yorkshire Rural Support NetworkYorkshire
    • Helping promote and providing practical, medical, financial and emotional support to rural communities.

  • Rural Support Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
    • Rural Support Northern Ireland provides a listening and signposting service for rural communities in Northern Ireland.

  • Scottish Mental HealthScotland
    • Support phone lines across Scotland, helping those living with or supporting those with a mental condition.

  • DPJ FoundationWales
    • The DPJ Foundation was set up in July 2016 following the death of Daniel Picton-Jones. The foundation aims to support people in rural communities with poor mental health, especially men in the agricultural sector.
  • Tir DewiWales
    • Provides volunteers to talk to about problems and signposting to farming-focussed organisations who can offer practical help and support.

Mental health first aid contacts:

  • Drinkline
    • Phone: 03001231110 (Freephone, 9am-8pm Mon-Fri; 11am-4pm Sat-Sun)
    • Drinkline is a free confidential national helpline for people who are concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking.
  • Marijuana Anonymous UK
  • Gamblers Anonymous UK
    • Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
    • Gamblers Anonymous runs self-help groups across the UK for anyone affected by addictive gambling behaviours who wants to change, based on 12 Step model of recovery.
  • Narcotics Anonymous UK
    • Phone: 03009991212 (Helpline, 10am-12am, 7 days a week)
  • PAPYRUS
    • PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
    • For confidential suicide prevention advice contact HOPELINEUK – open 9am–12am (midnight) every day of the year:
    • Phone: 0800 068 4141
    • Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
    • Website: www.papyrus-uk.org
  • Talk to Frank
    • Phone: 03001236600 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
    • Text: 82111
    • Email: frank@talktofrank.com
    • Website: www.talktofrank.com
    • Talk to Frank is the national drug education service established in 2003. It provides information on legal and illegal drugs for teenagers and adolescents, including a confidential information line and live change services on its website.
  • Cruse Bereavement Counselling
    • Available throughout the UK, helpline:  0808 808 1677
  • SHOUT
    • Text: 85258 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
    • Website: giveusashout.org
    • To start a conversation, text the word SHOUT to 85258
    • Shout 85258 is a free, confidential text support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope. Text SHOUT to 85258 for an anonymous conversation with a trained volunteer, at any time of day or night.

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