A new facility at Melton Mowbray livestock market will give farmers and farm workers the opportunity to stop and talk over any problems they are facing, be they farming, business, health or family-related.
The drop-in service will be available every Tuesday from 09:30 to 13:00 and will provide free, confidential help and advice from representatives of The Farming Community Network, Nottinghamshire Rural Support, Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, the market’s own chaplaincy service, plus R.A.B.I’s Welfare Officer for central England, Sara Garner.
Charles Smith, Chief Executive of FCN said: “Markets are a great point of contact for our farmers; they know there’ll be someone there they know and can have a chat to. We’re adding to this social contact by adding in a new dimension: providing them with the time and space and opportunity to talk about what is worrying them. It might be a financial issue, perhaps related to the very low prices we’ve seen in the dairy and livestock sectors in the past twelve months, or something more personal; perhaps a relationship issue or a problem they might find difficult to raise elsewhere.
“Our volunteers are either farmers or people with a very close link to the industry so they understand the stresses and strains that farmers experience. We “walk with” them through their problem, finding someone suitable to talk to, pointing them in the direction of the right help and advice.”
Pictured above at the facilities launch earlier this month are: Hugh Brown (Melton Mowbray Market CEO), Helen Culy and Bob Hudson (Melton Mowbray Community Chaplaincy), Malcolm Harrison, Kath Harrison and Allyson Bottrill (FCN), Peter Geldart (Notts Rural Support), Sara Garner (R.A.B.I welfare officer), David Creasey (Lincolnshire Rural Support Network Vice Chairman), Charles Smith (FCN CEO) and John Sharpe (Melton Mowbray Community Chaplaincy). Credit: Alison Pratt (Communications Adviser of NFU East Midlands).