Health and Wellbeing
With our busy lives we can all be guilty of neglecting our own health and welfare. But to be able to deal with life’s challenges we need to be fit and healthy. So, in September 2019 the Rural Hub and Farmers’ Community Network (FCN) brought the health and welfare professionals to the farmer when we organised a Fit for Farming health support event at Rugby Farmers’ Mart at Stoneleigh Park.
Working from the café we offered free head and shoulder massages to help relieve stress, organised for two registered nurses from Parish Nursing to take blood pressure readings and be available for private consultations, handed out the FCN booklet “Fit for Farming” free of charge and gave farmers the opportunity to speak informally to staff and volunteers from Farming Community Network, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Addington Fund and MacMillan Cancer Support.
By the end of the afternoon 46 farmers had had their blood pressure taken, 8 had been referred to their GP, 9 farmers had enjoyed a massage and 60 farmers had received information from MacMillan Cancer Support.
Due to the success of this inaugural event we visited the café again on Monday 17 February 2020 when our Massage Therapist Maya gave an increased number of massages to fantastic feedback from the farmers who sampled her tension-busting therapy. We are also in talks to organise the same events at a location in south and north Warwickshire too. However, following Government advice on 16 March 2020 to avoid all non-essential social contact our plans to organise further heath events are currently on hold.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 symptoms, who is more at risk of the disease, how to prevent the spread of the disease and advice on self isolation please visit this page.
RABI ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
The farming charity Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution has launched a partnership with Qwell and Kooth to provide a free, confidential online community and counselling service for farmers and their families. The websites include dedicated farmer friendly content that addresses farming sector specific challenges such as loneliness, Brexit anxiety, animal health, crop disease and farm debt. Users will be able to anonymously access farmer specific and more generic content, as well as a wealth of discussion boards, case studies and messaging functions. There are many tools, such as a journal to record and track progress against personal goals, as well as tips and articles. In addition, all users can access one-to-one counselling support from BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) recognised, qualified professionals through a chat function. The practitioners are trained in different forms of counselling, allowing them to meet individual needs and preferences.
Visit the Qwell site if you are over 18 years old.
Visit the Kooth site if you are aged between 11 and 17 years.
Health Support Organisations
MacMillan Cancer Support provides physical, financial and emotional support to families living with cancer to help you live life as fully as you can.
Prostate Cancer UK offers information and support on the most common cancer in males that affects 1 in 8 men.
Melanoma UK gives advice and information on skin cancer which is more common in outdoor occupations.
Arthritis Action offers hands-on, practical help for people with arthritis to improve their quality of life whilst living with the condition.
British Heart Foundation has a vision for a world free from heart and circulatory diseases.
British Lung Foundation is working to ensure that one day everyone will breath clean air with healthy lungs.
Dementia UK provides specialist information and advice about dementia.
SANE provides information, guidance and support to anyone affected by mental illness.
Turning Point Warwickshire support to empower individuals with a learning disability or autism
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.
Helpline number: 03000 111 999
Farmwell is FCN’s one stop resource to help you and your farm business stay strong and resilient.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund National Directory of Farm and Rural Support Groups lists 69 organisations (including Warwickshire Rural Hub) who can provide support, guidance and advice to farming and rural communities.
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.
Farm Safety Foundation is working to raise awareness of farm safety in order to challenge and change attitudes to farming safely and reduce the number of accidents and fatalities in the agricultural industry.
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
AgRespect wants to promote the countryside as a vibrant, tolerant and welcoming place for everyone irrespective of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
The 2 Minute Farmer has identified 10 areas that contribute to a balanced farm life and has created a farm business self-assessment tool called the ‘Tractor Wheel of Life’. The tool is in development so farmers are encouraged to complete the wheel and provide feedback.
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