If you feel that you need to speak to someone during these times of social distancing, or if you require information and advice, there are several charities working to support the farming community:
Farming Community Network is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community. They run a confidential, national helpline and e-helpline which is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm and volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help. FCN volunteers are available at the end of the phone to talk to callers about their concerns and problems at any time but unfortunately, during the current Coronavirus crisis, they are not able to visit farms or have face-to-face meetings.
Helpline number: 03000 111 999
Farmwell is FCN’s one stop resource to help you and your farm business stay strong and resilient.
The Addington Fund is a registered farming charity whose main area of work is to provide homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their home. In times of emergency and where hardship prevails they may be able to assist with a grant towards certain business costs.
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute is farming’s oldest and largest charity which has been serving the farming community since 1860. They offer financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages, including farmers, farmworkers and dependants.
Focussed Farmers has a set of resources for farmers and agri-sector workers to develop better understanding of their minds and in turn the ability to train their minds to achieve their goals with less stress.