New Digital Resource Hub For Farmers Launches at Rural Support

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New Digital Resource Hub For Farmers Launches at Rural Support

New Digital Resource Hub For Farmers Launches at Rural Support

September 30, 2021 Victoria Ross

A new digital resource for farmers and the farming family – the Northern Ireland Farm Support Hub – has been developed by Rural Support in partnership with HSENI and was launched today by DAERA Minister Edwin Poots.

The Hub has been created to provide a practical, and easy to use digital resource for the farming community across Northern Ireland. It is an easy way to find up to date information, ideas, and tools to help the farmer, the farm business and the farm family become stronger and more resilient.

The resource hub is free and confidential to use, and the content has been specifically tailored to assist in situations familiar to many farmers and farming families, from financial challenges, animal health and welfare, Brexit anxiety, physical and emotional health concerns, and bereavement and loss.

Gemma Daly, Chairperson at Rural Support said, “When Covid 19 restrictions hit and accessing information and face to face meetings became more difficult, it was clear that a focused online resource was needed for our farmers and farming families and the team at Rural Support set about working out how we could facilitate that.

Working with various stakeholders including HSENI it has taken a year to get to this stage and we are confident that the Hub will make a significant difference in providing up to date and relevant information for our farmers in support of their farm and family business.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Minister Poots and his team at DAERA for helping to fund the Hub and for their ongoing support and to also thank our other funders – some of whom are here today – for their commitment to Rural Support”.

Launching the new Hub, Minister Poots said, “I am very pleased to see the Northern Ireland Farm Support Hub get up and running and have watched its development with interest over the past year through my team at DAERA.

It is a very unique and practical resource, and I would encourage farmers and their families to get online and have a look at the videos and content on the site to help them with their farm business planning and to access information for their emotional health”.

Speaking at the launch Veronica Morris, Rural Support Chief Executive said, “One of the reasons we have developed this resource hub is to reach out to as many people in the farming community as possible.

We know from experience that effective planning through early intervention, accessing the right information and getting one-to-one support are essential to tackling the root causes of stress that are affecting the farmer, the farm family, and the farm business.

The wellbeing of our farming community is at the heart of what we do, and we want to provide the best support we can for the farm business, and the physical, emotional, mental and social needs of our farmers and farming families.

The Hub is an innovative way to do that, and the aim is to encourage farmers and farm family members to explore options for themselves and have easy access to information and sources of help when they need it.”

The information provided through is divided into 4 main areas: Farm Business & Finance, Health & Wellbeing, Future Planning & Succession and Social Farming & Innovation.

This dedicated and farmer-focused resource can be used at a time that suits the farmer, at their pace and is completely free and confidential.

To access the hub, go to www.ruralsupport.org.uk or for more information contact Victoria Ross at victoria@ruralsupport.org.uk or telephone 028 867 60040.

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