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Case Studies

The case studies show how Rural Support can help individuals or families who are experiencing difficulties.
(Details have been changed to protect confidentiality.)

  • John

    John is 40 and is married with two young children. He works as a self-employed joiner and also manages a small farm. He invested a lot on modernising the farm and had hire purchase agreements for machinery as well as bank loans. Due to the...

  • Tom and Helen

    Tom and Helen are in their late sixties.  Helen called Rural Support for help as Tom had become less able to look after the farm.  The couple were under a lot of stress, the paperwork has fallen behind and a DARD inspection had highlighte...

  • Andrew

    Andrew is 50 and lives on a farm with his elderly mother. His mother has had several strokes the last of which has rendered her incapable of looking after herself. She needs to be cared for on a full-time basis and Andrew is finding it very...

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Bureaucracy, family circumstances, health and finances can cause stress and anxiety. We offer a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families in Northern Ireland.  We can help you source information and advice about farm payments, personal and business finance and debt, social security benefits, support for carers, 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).

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