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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):

Date
Subject
Tuesday 12th March 2019 YRSN Spring Meeting - Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ from 10am. Come and join us for a catch up and a cuppa! David Moyles from Samaritans will be our speaker. Focusing on very visible support for our farming communities, having identified farming families as a vulnerable group and are working hard to offer some meaningful support. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Tuesday 5th March 2019 Minding Your Own Business Course - Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £40 per person (max 12 participants).  Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Wednesday 13th February 2019 Fancy an outing, a chat and a good lunch?  Come & join us at The Gavel Cafe, Thirsk Mart at 12 noon.  Feel free to bring a friend. Download more details here.  Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place or call 07912 495604.
Tuesday 12th February 2019 Minding Your Own Business Course - Skipton NFU Office, Skipton Auction Mart BD23 1UD. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £40 per person (max 12 participants).  Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Wednesday 6th February 2019 Farmer Health Check - Yorkshire Machinery Show, Murton, York.  Times: 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 5th February 2019 Money, Money, Money - Guidance on Securing Bank Finance. NFU Mutual Office, Thirsk Industrial Park YO7 3NY. Come & hear from two experienced Agricultural Bankers about the requirements for raising finance for future plans. Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place or call 07912 495604.
Wednesday 30th January 2019 Minding Your Own Business Course - NFU Regional Office, Agriculture House, 207 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1UD. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £40 per person (max 12 participants).  Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Thursday 24th January 2019 Minding Your Own Business Course - Cross Butts Stable Restaurant, Whitby YO21 1TL. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £40 per person (max 12 participants).  Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Minding Your Own Business Course - NFU Mutual Office, Thirsk Industrial Park YO7 3NY. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £40 per person (max 12 participants).  Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.
Thursday 17th January 2019 Farmer Health Check - Farmstar Open Day, Marr, nr Doncaster. Times: 11am - 2pm
Wednesday 16th January 2019 Farmer Health Check - Ripon Farm Services Open Day at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Times: 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 15th January 2019 Minding Your Own Business Course - Selby Livestock Auction Mart, Bawtry Road YO8 8NB. Designed for members of farming families who are currently undertaking the bookkeeping duties for their own business. Please are priced at £40 per person (max 12 participants).  Download more details about this course here. Booking is essential, so please email Kate Dale to book your place.

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: kated@yas.co.uk

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