Last month, the Ulster Farmers’ Union joined 16 local agri-businesses to support Rural Support’s biggest ever ‘Christmas Hamper Scheme’ aimed at helping rural families in need over the festive season.
Every year, families throughout Northern Ireland’s rural community face a difficult Christmas so the hamper scheme does provide a lift for these families that can make all the difference at this time of year.
Last year, over 15 local agri-food producers join together to deliver over 50 hampers throughout Northern Ireland and it was hoped that both rural support and wind energy company, Simple Power, would build on its success in 2014. The hampers that were distributed this Christmas have gone some way to alleviate the financial burden facing many rural families and the UFU were delighted to have been involved.
As well as their Christmas Hamper appeal, Rural Support provides a helpline for farmers and rural families that offers support through a listening and signposting service. It deals with a range of issues including physical and mental health, suicide risk, emotional distress, farming paperwork and bureaucracy. Rural Support has also recently launched a pilot project focusing on Financial Stress, providing one-to-one financial mentoring aimed at those experiencing debt or financial issues relating to farm business.
Rural support can be contacted on 08456 067 607,