The Farming Community Network (FCN) has launched a brand new online resources hub aimed at helping farmers and their businesses stay strong and resilient.
FarmWell will give ready access to a range of vital information from a wide variety of sources. It sits within FCN’s brand new website, is free for all to use and has three clear aims:
- To help farmers and agricultural workers develop and keep their farm businesses resilient through changing times
- To help farmers, their families and their staff to become personally and mentally robust, enabling them to manage their personal and business lives more effectively
- To provide ready access to a wide range of support and help to anyone who may need it, including to FCN’s volunteers.
The launch of FarmWell coincides with the first night of “Shift Happens! An Audience with the Resilient Farmer” – a series of talks which kicks off at the East of England Arena in Peterborough tonight (30th September).
Charles Smith, FCN Chief Executive, said: “As an organisation that has been supporting Britain’s farming community for almost 25 years, FCN has evolved from merely responding to farmers in crisis into an organisation which offers much more proactive support. We now plan to be even more focussed on helping farmers to build personal and business resilience.
“There is some really good information available to help farmers become more resilient, but this information is very rarely in just one place and can often be difficult to access, especially if you are not in the right place mentally. This is where FarmWell can help.
“We believe FarmWell is a unique facility that will evolve into an invaluable resource for family farms and farming businesses across the whole country. We are launching it at a time when the whole industry is increasingly aware of the need to support farmers and we are already working alongside several key agricultural stakeholders in implementing this, including AHDB.”
AHDB’s Christine Walsh said: “AHDB is delighted to be supporting FCN with their FarmWell initiative, as well as the “Resilient Farmer” tour. I encourage you to attend your local ‘The Resilient Farmer’ event. Doug Avery has flown over from New Zealand especially to share his powerful real-life experiences, promote positive mental health and to inspire the farming community to change their lives for the better.”
To start using FarmWell, simply visit www.farmwell.org.uk.