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Welcome to the website of Rural Support

Increasing levels of debt, paper work, health problems, severe weather and changing family circumstances can cause stress and anxiety. We offer a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families across Northern Ireland.  We can provide face to face support, help you source information and advice about business finance and debt, single farm payments, benefits, mental health assistance and many other issues.  If you’re feeling worried or stressed and would like to talk to someone in confidence, our trained volunteers are ready to help.  All calls are confidential and the helpline operates from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week (voicemail and support options available at all other times).

We can support you by:

  • Listening / Visiting / Accompanying / Helping you to find advice / Explaining

When you contact us we will:

  • Listen / Not judge / Keep information confidential / Only do what you want us to do / Agree the next steps with you

0845 606 7 607

(The number is charged at local rate from BT landlines although other providers and mobile operators may charge more. We are happy to call you back if you are concerned about the cost of the call.)


Rural Support Research 2016 – Health & Social Effects of Agricultural Downturn

Rural Support is currently carrying out research examining the effects of the current financial downturn within the agricultural sector on farmers and members of the farm family.

You can complete the questionnaire at the following link –

The survey is designed to identify the effects of the recent financial downturn for the agricultural sector in Northern Ireland. We will ask for background details such as age, gender, marital status and your household size and composition. We will also ask for details of your experience of the downturn and the effect it has had on you, your family, your business and how you see the future.

The survey is created, carried out and analysed entirely by Rural Support staff and volunteers. Rural Support is an independent charity set up in 2002 In the wake of the foot and mouth crisis in order to provide a listening ear as well as advice, signposting and support for farmers and rural dwellers.

The information contained in the surveys is highly confidential and no identifying information will be shared with third parties under any circumstances. Thank you for your participation.

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