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Rural Support provides a listening and signposting service for farmers and farming families across Northern Ireland through its free confidential support-line. We also provide various programmes and mentoring support to help with farming challenges, financial concerns and personal issues such as bereavement and farm succession. We will work with you to provide options best suited to you and your farm business as we understand how different and unique farming families can be with the issues they face.

Emergency Fund

Rural Support has established an Emergency Fund to assist farmers and farming families who are struggling financially as a result of a recent farm accident or who are currently experiencing exceptional personal circumstances due to ill-health or incapacity. With limited funds available the charity will support a small number of applicants each year who meet…

On Farm Business Support

Our On Farm Business Support aims to help farming families tackle farm business issues such as finance/debt and business decisions regarding the future.  It is aimed at families or individuals experiencing stress or worry in relation to the farm and provides independent support from a business mentor, experienced in agriculture.  Rural Support helps with farm…

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Social Farming

A key objective for Rural Support is developing Social Farming in Northern Ireland. Since October 2015, the Social Farming Support Service (SFSS) (NI) has been situated within the charity after support was provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The Service will further develop the Social Farming network, promote best practices in…

Support Hub

Our Farm Support Hub has been developed to provide practical, at your fingertips resource for the farming community across Northern Ireland. It is an easy way to find up to date information, ideas, tips and tools to help you, your farm business and your family become stronger and more resilient. This dedicated and farmer-focused resource can be used at…

Support Line

At Rural Support we understand how rewarding but equally how challenging farming can be and the impact this can have not only on the farmer but also the whole family.  It’s normal to feel sad, angry or low sometimes but if you’ve been feeling like this for a while then it is time to do…


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Support Line:

0800 138 1678


Chat to our dedicated support team who are available Monday - Friday, 9AM - 9PM

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