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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):

Thursday 10th May 2018 Women In Farming Network - Shepherds Purse Cheeses - Walking Tour, Talk & Cheese Tasting. Leachfield Grange Newsham, Thirsk YO7 4DJ. Download more details about this event here.  FREE to attend however booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale or call 07912 495604 to book your place. 
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

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;

Kate Dale
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]


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