Events

Last Chance to attend Business Planning Seminars

A number of Business Planning seminars focusing on areas impacting on farm businesses have been organised and delivered by CAFRE in partnership with Rural Support throughout Northern Ireland over the past months with excellent attendance and feedback to date. The seminars are part of the Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) initiative which and is a key element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
The seminars are delivered by industry professionals from local Accountancy and Law firms and provide farmers with important information on succession planning and business resilience and risk management including financial budgeting, forecasting and the impact of market volatility on farm profitability.
The dates and venues for the final group of evening seminars are now confirmed as Friel’s Restaurant, Swatragh on Thursday 22nd February, City Hotel, Armagh on Tuesday 27th February, the Old School House, Cushendall on Wednesday 28th February and Tirgan Community Association, Tirgan Hall, Moneymore on Monday 5th of March. Doors open for these seminars at 7.30pm with seminars beginning at 8.00pm.
One additional afternoon session has also been confirmed at Greenmount Campus, Antrim on Tuesday 13th of March with doors opening at 1.00 pm and seminars beginning at 1.30pm.
The seminars are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters within farm families would all benefit from attending a seminar.
For further information contact the delivery agent for this training programme Rural Support on 028 8676 0040 or visit www.cafre.ac.uk.

Industry out in support for seminars

Farmers and other family members from across Northern Ireland have been turning out in large numbers for the ongoing series of Taxation and Succession Planning Seminars. The meetings have been arranged jointly between CAFRE and Rural Support under the Farm Family Key Skills [FFKS] initiative which is partly funded by the EU under the NIRDP 2014-2020. The seminars cover a range of business planning topics including tax issues, succession planning and business resilience and risk management. The presentations are delivered by a range of speakers from Rural Support to qualified accountants and solicitors. The take home message from the presentations included the need for financial budgeting and forecasting, the need to develop a succession plan and make a will and a range of tax and debt management tips.

The seminars have been well received and have ended with a lively Q&A session which provided the opportunity for the speakers to highlight the key areas which farmers should address with their own accountant and solicitor, on a regular basis.James McKee from Darkley, who attended the first seminar at Greenmount Campus said: “It was great to be updated on these important issues from a range of excellent speakers who obviously had a very good understanding of the issues facing farmers,” while Donal McAtamney from NIAPA said: “I would encourage all farmers, farm family members and farm employees not to miss the opportunity to attend one of these seminars.” The current series of seminars will continue with events planned for:

· Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Monday 15 January 2018,

· Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel on Wednesday 17 January 2018,

· Benedy Community Centre, Dungiven on Tuesday 23 January 2018,

· AFBI, Hillsborough on Wednesday 24 January 2018,

· Donn Carragh Hotel, Lisnaskea on Thursday 25 January 2018

· Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Each event gets underway at 8.00 pm with doors opening at 7.30 pm.Further event dates will be released later in the year.The seminars are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees.For further information, telephone the programme delivery agent Rural Support on 028 8676 0040

Rural Support Invites You to Causeway Coast and Glens Roadshow

Rural Support Invites You to Causeway Coast and Glens Roadshow

Rural and farming charity, Rural Support, is calling on Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council residents, councillors and local businesses to attend the ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ as the charity rolls in to Coleraine for the third event in a series of roadshows across Northern Ireland.

Supported by the charity’s CSR partner, local wind energy company, Simple Power, the ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ takes place in Coleraine Town Hall on Wednesday 28th September 2016 from 12.00 – 1.00pm.

The Roadshow has seen the charity visit county council areas across the province. The initiative enables Rural Support to meet with local communications to demonstrate the support services on offer in each specific area through the charity’s dedicated helpline and mentoring programmes.

The event in Coleraine will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss ways in which the charity can further assist farmers and rural dwellers specifically in the Causeway Coast and Glens’ area.

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann, reiterated the aim of the Roadshow events across Northern Ireland: “With mounting pressure on farmers and new challenges facing the rural community, the need for our services is greater than ever. We are keen to hear from local people on ways in which we can further assist and improve support for farmers and rural dwellers in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area.”

“We are delighted with the positive response we have received to the previous two ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ events and look forward to bringing the roadshow to Coleraine. We would like to urge all local residents, councillors, businesses and members of the rural and farming community in the area to attend this event to meet with us and learn more about the charity and our services.”

“We would encourage all those attending the event to take up our call to action and pledge to support Rural Support and the services we offer. Whether this support is from financial assistance, awareness-building activities, volunteering or fundraising efforts, it all helps to improve our service offering and increase uptake of our services at a time when it is so greatly needed. The previous two events have been very successful with ministers, councillors and large numbers of local people engaging with us and learning how they can help through volunteering, fundraising and financial contributions.”

Wind energy company, Simple Power, has been working with the charity for the last three years to help deliver its much-needed support service to farming and rural communities throughout Northern Ireland by providing financial support and participating in joint fundraising and awareness building activities throughout the farming calendar.

Simple Power Chief Executive, Philip Rainey commented: “As partners to the farming and agricultural community, we are acutely aware of the difficulties facing farmers and believe that the charity plays a vital role in serving the farming community. We are proud to support the Rural Support Roadshows and assist the charity in getting out and about to meet local communities face-to-face to raise awareness of the charity in areas where their vital services are greatly needed and also to learn from the grassroots how the charity can help specifically in the local council area. Our partnership with Rural Support is very rewarding and we look forward to continuing our working relationship and highlighting its message throughout Northern Ireland.”

The ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ takes place in Coleraine Town Hall on Wednesday 28th September 2016 from 12.00-1.00pm and spaces are limited. To reserve your place at the event, email melissa@ruralsupport.org.uk.

Simple Power Chief Executive, Philip Rainey is joined by Ulster Farmers Union Chief Executive Wesley Aston and Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann to launch the second Wellies to Work Day

Wellies to Work Day – Friday 3rd June 2016

Rural Support, the listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families in Northern Ireland, are calling for supporters and workers to take part in the annual ‘Wellies to Work Day’, taking place on Friday, June 3, which aims to raise awareness of the charity and the services it offers.

Building on the success of the first Wellies to Work Day last year, which encompassed over 600 tweets, the awareness initiative calls on the public to put their best ‘boot’ forward by wearing their wellingtons to work and taking to Twitter to upload snaps and selfies of themselves to show their support for Rural Support.

Launched with CSR partner, local wind energy company, Simple Power, the initiative aims to be bigger and better this year, welcoming on board Ulster Farmers’ Union as an additional supporter. Through the social media campaign, the charity aims to build momentum using the hashtag #WelliesToWork and raise the profile of Rural Support amongst the rural and farming community in Northern Ireland.

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann, emphasised the need for increased awareness of the charity throughout Northern Ireland: “With mounting pressure on farmers and constant new challenges facing the rural community, the need for our services is greater than ever. We are delighted to run this campaign for the second year and make more people aware that help is available through our dedicated helpline – 0845 606 7607. We would urge anyone from the farming and rural community who is struggling to cope to avail of this valuable service and speak to our highly experienced staff and volunteers.
“With leading businesses and government Ministers involved last year, we would encourage even more people across Northern Ireland to participate in the fun initiative by simply wearing their wellies to work on Friday 3rd June 2016, taking a selfie of themselves and their colleagues in their wellington boots and posting the photo using the hashtag #WelliesToWork with the message ‘Supporting @RuralSupport.’ The most creative selfie will also win a fantastic prize, courtesy of Simple Power.”

Simple Power Chief Executive, Philip Rainey, emphasised the importance of raising the charity’s profile amongst the farming and rural community at this time; “We are proud to be working with Rural Support to launch the second ‘Wellies To Work’ day and raise awareness of the important services the charity provides. Simple Power is a key partner to the farming and rural community and we are acutely aware of the increasing pressures and difficulties many individuals and families are facing. We would encourage everyone to get behind this important campaign to grow on last year’s success and show support for the hard working charity. We have worked with Rural Support for the last three years to ensure the much needed charity services are being availed of by those who need it most.”

Wesley Aston, Chief Executive of Ulster Farmers Union, commented: “We are delighted to be on board to support the second ‘Wellies to Work’ campaign and help raise awareness of the farming charity Rural Support. Members of the agriculture sector are under extreme stress and pressure, with financial concerns and long hours, and we are thankful to Rural Support for the helpline and listening service they provide for our community. We are calling on the public to get their wellies on for the social media campaign on Friday 3rd June and spread awareness of their vital services available across Northern Ireland.”

Since 2002, Rural Support has been helping farming and rural families across Northern Ireland on a wide range of issues, from physical and mental health, farming paperwork and financial issues. The charity provides support for the rural community through a helpline offering listening and signposting service.

Stay Abroad Programme Magherafelt 2016

The Stay Abroad Programme is a community initiative in the Mid-Ulster area, where it is hoped to bring a group of secondary students, aged 12 to 16 from Spain to Magherafelt this July (2nd-29th).

The purpose of this programme is to help improve the student’s English language skills.

The leaders accompanying the group will organise sport, social and cultural activities as well as regular excursions in which local kids and host families could take part.

Would you and your family be interested in hosting a student?

Here you have a great opportunity to live with a foreign student and learn so many things from a different country while you show them about yours!

Each family will be paid an agreed fee for the student’s stay.  Arrangements can be made if you are working.

For more information or to register your interest please contact:       Simon Holmes  07719 292090

 

Single Application Form (SAF) – Guidance on completing your SAF Online

The 2016 Online Single Application Form (SAF) and maps service is now available – https://www.dardni.gov.uk/services/dard-online-services

If you have never registered with DARD online services before please call the SAF Advisory team on 03002007848 and one of our advisors will help you to get registered to enable you to take advantage of the online system. All of your claim data and maps are online now so why not go ahead and make your claim.

For applicants who applied online last year DARD will not be issuing paper SAF’s this year. For those applicants who applied on paper in 2015 DARD will be issuing paper SAF packs in late March. All applications must be received by 16 May 2016.

For further information visit www.dardni.gov.uk/news/complete-your-saf-2016-online

Derry & Strabane Rural Partnership – Rural Business Investment Scheme Workshops

Derry & Strabane Rural Partnership

NORTHERN IRELAND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 2014-2020

 Rural Business Investment Scheme – Mandatory Pre-Funding Workshops

 Are you a rural business owner? Is your business investment ready?

If so then you could be eligible to apply for funding to the Rural Business Investment Scheme

 Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership is responsible for delivering LEADER funding throughout the Derry City and Strabane District Council area under the 2014 – 2020 NI Rural Development Programme.
The Rural Business Investment Scheme is the first funding scheme to open. New or existing rurally based micro/ small businesses and social economy enterprises involved in non-agricultural /non agri-food related activities may be eligible to apply.  Job creation and export potential are key objectives of this scheme which will primarily fund capital investments.

All businesses applying must attend one of the following mandatory pre application funding workshops to be eligible to make an application.

Date Venue
Monday 14th March at 6.30pm The Diamond Centre, Claudy
Wednesday 16th March at 1.00pm Strabane Enterprise Agency, Strabane
Monday 21st March at 2.30pm The Social Enterprise Hub, Derry
Monday 21st March at 6.30pm The Sollus Centre, Bready
Tuesday 22nd March at 2.30pm Derg Valley Leisure Centre, Castlederg
Wednesday 23rd March at 10.00am The White Horse Hotel, Derry

 

PLEASE NOTE: Individual(s) attending the workshop must be either the business owner or a director.

For further information and to book a place at one of the workshops please email rural.development @derrystrabane.com or phone Hazel Best at Derry City and Strabane District Council on 02871 253253.

Attendance at the funding workshop does not constitute an offer of funding. The application process will be competitive and not every application will be funded.

Rural Support Invites a ‘Call to Action’ in Mid Ulster Council Area

Philip Rainey, chief-executive Simple Power with Jude McCann, chief-executive Rural Support.
Philip Rainey, chief-executive Simple Power with Jude McCann, chief-executive Rural Support.

Rural and farming charity, Rural Support, is calling on Mid Ulster Council residents, councillors and local businesses to attend the ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ as the charity rolls in to Tyrone next week for the second in a series of roadshows across Northern Ireland.

Supported by the charity’s CSR partner, local wind energy company, Simple Power, the ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ takes place at The Rowan Tree Centre, Pomeroy on Monday 14th March at 5pm.

Following the success of the first Roadshow in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council area, the charity is visiting other county council areas across Northern Ireland to meet with local communities to demonstrate the support services on offer by the charity through their dedicated helpline and mentoring programmes.

The event also offers attendees the opportunity to discuss ways in which the charity can further assist farmers and rural dwellers specifically in the Mid Ulster Area.

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann, reiterated the aim of the Roadshow events across Northern Ireland: “With mounting pressure on farmers and new challenges facing the rural community, the need for our services is greater than ever.”

“We are delighted to bring the Rural Support Roadshow to the Mid Ulster Council area and welcome all local residents, councillors, businesses and members of the rural and farming community in the Mid Ulster area to attend this event to meet with us and learn more about the charity an

d our services. We are also keen to hear from local people on ways in which we can further assist and improve support for farmers and rural dwellers in the area.”

“We would encourage all those attending the event to take up our call to action and pledge to support Rural Support and the services we offer. Whether this support is from financial assistance, awareness-building activities, volunteering or fundraising efforts, it all helps to improve our service offering and increase uptake of our services at a time when it is so greatly needed.”

Wind energy company, Simple Power, has been working with the charity for over two years to help deliver its much-needed support service to farming and rural communities throughout Northern Ireland by providing financial support and participating in joint fundraising and awareness building activities throughout the farming calendar.

Simple Power Chief Executive, Philip Rainey commented: “As partners to the farming and agricultural community, we are acutely aware of the difficulties facing farmers and believe that the charity plays a vital role in serving the farming community. We are proud to support the Rural Support Roadshows and assist the charity in getting out and about to meet local communities face-to-face to raise awareness of the charity in areas where their vital services are greatly needed. We are very proud of our partnership with Rural Support and look forward to continuing our working relationship and highlighting its message throughout Northern Ireland.”

The ‘Rural Support Roadshow – Call to Action’ takes place at The Rowan Tree Centre on Monday 14th March 2016 at 5pm and spaces are limited. To reserve your place at the event, email melissa@ruralsupport.org.uk.