Yorkshire Rural Support Network
The Yorkshire Rural Support Network is a partnership of Yorkshire statutory and voluntary agencies that together promote and provide sources of help – whether practical, financial, medical or emotional.
The aim of the Network is to promote the wellbeing of those who live in rural communities, through our Network members.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is an active member of the network along with organisations such as Farming Community Network, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, Perennial - the Horticulturalists Charity, Addington Fund, Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales, Country Landowners Association (CLA), Community First Yorkshire, British Red Cross (Moors and Dales), TFA (Tenant Farmers Association) and NFU (National Farmers Union) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Confidential help is available to all in the farming community. Download Farming Help contact details here.
Women In Farming
The Women in Farming network came about at a request of ladies who lived and worked on farms and agricultural related industries who felt it would be useful to meet people in similar situations to build contacts and friendships and to learn from each other.
The network is free to join and meets four to five times a year with a range of breakfast, lunch and evening meetings in addition to the annual conference in October which sees inspiring speakers from relevant industries and brands talking about their own experiences.
The main aim of the network is for women to learn from each other, build contacts and offer support to their fellow members as many of the issues affecting women in rural life and business are shared by others. The mood is positive and the outcomes successful.
Upcoming Meetings & Member Events
(all NETWORK meetings start at 10.15am with coffee for a prompt 10.30am start):
|Tuesday 1st May 2018||Minding Your Own Business Course. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £25 per person (max 12 participants) and included a buffet lunch. Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.|
|Thursday 22nd March 2018||Help Take the Strain, Farming's Hidden Struggle. If you work regularly with farmer customers, then this practical conference is designed to help you. Speakers: Richard Betton (FCN), John Pinches (Barclays), David Martin (Farmer), Peter Waistell (NFU), Aarun Naik (Nuffield Scholar), Dr Hany El Sayeh (Tees, East & Wear NHS Truct), Sally Connor (RABI). Download a full timetable here. Please email [email protected] to book your place.|
|Monday 26th February 2018||Network Meeting from 10am at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Speakers are network members Helen Waddington (Perennial), Helen Benson (Farming Community Network) and Leah Swain (Community First Yorkshire) with brief updates on ‘working at the grassroots of our communities’. Please email Kate Dale to book your place|
|Wednesday 21st February 2018||Farming Community Lunch. Fancy an outing, a chat and a good lunch? Please come and join us at The Gavel Cafe, Thirsk Mart at 12 noon. A hot lunch and a cuppa for £5 per head. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604. Alternatively, book with Jackie in the cafe. There will also be a raffle for Farming Help Charities.|
|Wednesday 7th February 2018||Farmer Health Check - Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) between 11am - 1.30pm|
|Thursday 1st February 2018||Farming Community Lunch. Fancy an outing, a chat and a good lunch? Please come and join us at the Leyburn Mart Cafe at 12 noon. A hot lunch and a cuppa for £5 per head. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604. Alternatively, book with Claire in the cafe.|
|Sunday 14th January 2018||Plough Sunday Service at Ripon Cathedral with refreshments from 2.30pm and the service from 3.30pm. Speaker: Adam Bedford, North East Regional Director of the NFU. Future Farmers of Yorkshire & Young Farmers Club members will also be taking part.|
|Thursday 11th January 2018||Farmer Health Check - Farmstar Annual Open Day between 11am - 2pm|
|Wednesday 10th January 2018||Farmer Health Check - Ripon Farm Services Open Day between 11am - 1.30pm|
|Thursday 30th November 2017||Farmer Health Check - Thirsk Christmas Fatstock Show between 11am - 1.30pm|
|Friday 3rd November 2017||Beryl, the big green Macmillan Mobile Information & Support Service bus will be visiting Malton Cattle Market from 9am - 3pm. For anyone affected by cancer. So do come along and meet the friendly team for any questions or concerns you may have. Including a variety of free information booklets for you to take away.|
|Thursday 19th October 2017||Beryl, the big green Macmillan Mobile Information & Support Service bus will be visiting York Auction Centre from 10am - 3pm. For anyone affected by cancer. So do come along and meet the friendly team for any questions or concerns you may have. Including a variety of free information booklets for you to take away.|
|Wednesday 11th October 2017||Farming Community Lunch. Fancy an outing, a chat and a good lunch? Please come and joing us at The Gavel Cafe, Thirsk Mart at 12 noon. A hot lunch and a cuppa for £5 per head. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604. Alternatively, book with Jacke in the cafe. There will also be a raffle for farming help charities.|
|Tuesday 10th October 2017||Women In Farming Network Meeting - Growing a Rural Business from Seed to Success, the reality of running your own business. Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ between 10.30am - 2.30pm. Download full details here. £15 per person, including finger buffet lunch & RABI raffle. To register your interest, please contact Kate Dale, Coordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network or call 07912 495604.|
|Thursday 13th July||Women In Farming Network Meetings - Keep Calm & Mind Your Own Business! How to remain sane in the early days. Venue: Seminar Room, Hall 1, Great Yorkshire Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Join us for hot bacon rolls & coffee from 8.30am - 9.30am. Presentations from Christine Thompson, Farmer & General Secretary of Ryedale Show & Elaine Keith. Download further details here. This is a FREE event, but booking is essential. Please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place.|
|Wednesday 12th July||Summer Healthchecks at the Great Yorkshire Show in Seminar Room, Hall 1, Great Yorkshire Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ between 11am - 1pm.|
|Thursday 22nd June 2017||Farming Health & Wellbeing: Addressing the elephant in the room.Venue: Grinkle Park Hotel, Grinkle Lane, Easington TS13 4UB. Starts at 7pm with supper provided. Guest speakers: Aarun Naik, Nuffield Scholar & Sally Connor, RABI. This is a FREE event, but booking is essential. Download further details here. Please call Elizabeth on 01947 603550 to reserve your place.|
|Thursday 15th June 2017||IAgSA Northern Regional Training Day - open to IAgSA members and non-members. An informative day for anyone involved in farm and rural bookkeeping and administration. Venue: Calder Room, Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Registration from 9.30am. Delegates priced at £45 per member or £55 per non-member. Download further details here. For more information and to book your place, please email Gilly in National Office or call 01604 770372.|
|Wednesday 10th May 2017||Women In Farming Network - an Evening visit to Cross Lanes Organic Farmshop, Nr Barnard Castle DL12 9RT (by kind permission of the Coverdale Family). From 6pm for supper followed by a walking tour of the site and shop (event to close at 8.30pm). Cost £15/head. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place. Download further details here.|
|Thursday 27th April 2017||Women In Farming Network - Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, nr York YO60 7RB. Times: 11.15am to 2.30pm. Come and joins us for a coffee, bite to eat, chat and a presentation. Speaker: Emma Woods, Owner of Duncombe Sawmill Ltd, Helmsley. Cost: £20/head to include a 2 course lunch. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place. Download further details here.|
|Wednesday 29th March 2017||Farmers' Lunch at 12 noon. At the Gavel Cafe, Thirsk Auction Mart. Fancy an outing, a chat and a good lunch? You're invited to join us for a hot lunch and caupp for £5 per person. Feel free to bring a friend too, you will be made very welcome! Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place.|
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Network Meeting from 12 noon, starting with a buffet lunch. Speaker: Alison Twiddy, Project Manager for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network. Alison and her colleague, Sophie Dunne will share their experience of working with and supporting farming and rural communities in Lincolnshire. All are welcome and booking is essential, please email Kate Dale to book your place.
|Wednesday 8th February 2017||Farmer health check - Yorkshire Agriculture Machinery Show (YAMS) at York Auction Centre between 11am and 2pm.|
|Wednesday 18th January 2017||Farmer health check - Skipton Auction Mart between 10.30am to 1.30pm|
|Sunday 15th January 2017||
Plough Sunday held at Ripon Cathedral from 2.30pm and all are welcome to attend. Hot pork sandwiches will be served from 2.30pm prior to the service starting at 3.30pm. The National President of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Poul Christensen will give the address.
|Thursday 12th January 2017||Farmer health check - Farmstar Open Day, Marr, nr Doncaster between 11am and 2pm.|
|Wednesday 11th January 2017||Farmer health check - Ripon Farm Services Open Day at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate between 11am and 2pm.|
In an effort to address a number of health issues in rural communities and ensure that accurate information was available to, in particular, the farming communities of Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Rural Support Network, together with the Regional Department of Public Health and The Men’s Health Forum produced a user-friendly Haynes Manual style health booklet for farming families and their staff. The Network brought together members of the farming fraternity to have input into the content, layout and presentation of the booklet and coupled with the medical expertise of the other health organisations, created a very comprehensive and readable A5 booklet entitled ‘Fit for Farming’. It has been very widely distributed County wide and has won a Highly Commended classification at the BMA Awards in London at the end of 2011 in the ‘Best Patient Information’ Category.
The Network was delighted to work with The Farming Life Centre in Derbyshire and the Men’s Health Forum, to produce a second edition of Fit for Farming, with new sections on eye and ear care, ageing well, mental health/dementia and sex talk. The cartoons of legendary Northumberland farmer, the late Henry Brewis bring the words to life and anyone connected with the farming industry will be able to relate to them! Copies will be available on all Farming Help Stands at the Great Yorkshire Show and shortly in hard copy in all Yorkshire livestock marts and all Yorkshire HSE Safety and Health Awareness Days, as well as online at HSE, Livestock Auctioneers Association or download a copy at the bottom of this page.
For further details on any events listed on this page, please contact Kate Dale using the details below;
Yorkshire Rural Support Network,
Regional Agricultural Centre,
Great Yorkshire Showground,
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ
Tel: 01423 546217 Mob: 07912 495604 Fax: 01423 541414 Email: [email protected]