Former UFU President Endorses Rural Support

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann with former UFU President, Barclay Bell

Former President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Barclay Bell has given his backing to the Rural Support Helpline, which has recently changed its number to a Freephone service.

The UFU has had a long-standing relationship with Rural Support since the charity’s establishment in 2002.  The UFU President explains that the Rural Support services, particularly the Helpline support, is needed now, more than ever:

“Rural Support provides us within the farming community, with an invaluable service.  They have a team of trained and dedicated volunteers who listen to and assist farmers and farming families with a range of issues such as financial pressures, physical and mental health concerns and succession planning issues” said Mr. Bell.

“These last few months have been very difficult for farmers with the prolonged wet weather, issues with fodder supplies and the pressure on farmers to feed their livestock. Rural Support is available to provide technical and emotional guidance and support.  The gateway to access all of Rural Support’s services is through their Helpline, which has recently changed its number to 0800 138 1678.  This number is a Freephone number which makes it much more accessible to everybody within the farming community.  I would encourage anyone who feels they are struggling or needs assistance to contact the Rural Support Helpline or visit or on Twitter and Facebook @RuralSupport,” says the former UFU president.

Rural Support Chief Executive, Jude McCann commented, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UFU President for all of his support during his two years in office.  Barclay has been a tremendous ambassador for the farming community during his term as UFU President and has been extremely supportive of our work here in Rural Support.  I wish him continued success in his future endeavours.”

To speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rural Support Helpline on 0800 138 1678.  Calls are free from all UK landlines and mobile numbers.  The Helpline is available 9am – 9pm, Monday – Friday (Voicemail and Support options available at all other times) or visit