Three farming charities joined forces to hold a ‘One in Four’ conference at Carmarthen Mart Café, highlighting the emotional and financial support that is available to people from the sector.
Wales YFC chair Dafydd Jones spoke about the importance of letting farmers know how they could tap into available support, while key note speaker Alun Elidyr, a farmer and presenter of S4C’s Ffermio, gave an emotional account of his own mental health issues and how depression and anxiety has personally affected him.
It’s been a difficult year for many in the farming sector, largely because of issues relating to adverse weather and uncertainties over Brexit.
Linda Jones, R.A.B.I regional manager for Wales, said: “Each charity can offer something different; R.A.B.I’s strength is that we can provide financial help to people in hardship, but that’s not all we do. By working together, all three charities represented at the conference can give farmers in West Wales – and their families – the assistance they need to get through the tough times and back on their feet again. It’s also important that we have a visible presence in our rural communities.”
Lindzi Gwilt, from the DPJ Foundation, said: “We are here 24/7 to support the agricultural industry with issues relating to mental health. It’s vital for farming people to know that we are here to support them in their times of need.”
Gareth Davies, from Tir Dewi, added: “I hope that everyone who attended this conference will go home with a better understanding of what each of our respective organisations do. There are strong networks of support out there, offering solutions to problems that farming people experience. Working in partnership, we can achieve so much more.”
HSBC UK generously agreed to support the conference, with Gegin Fach y Wlad laying on a buffet lunch and Hefin Jones providing a translation service.
Pictured above are: (front row L-R) Linda Jones, Alun Elidyr, Lindzi Gwilt, Dafydd Jones and (back row L-R) Rev. Canon Eileen Davies, Melanie Shipley and Sian Williams.