Press release: Farming Community Network working closely with Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group to ensure farmers continue to receive support

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is working with the Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group to ensure that support to farmers continues uninterrupted.  In so doing, the charities will continue to improve the quality of life of people who live and work in rural areas.

The Farming Community Network is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. Trained volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related.

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the FCN, with a range of initiatives and campaigns taking place throughout the year to celebrate the history of the charity.

Jude McCann, Chief Executive Officer of the Farming Community Network, said: “Working together with the Beds and Cambs Rural Support Group during this transition period continues a close working relationship we have had for many years. With the many challenges farmers and their families are currently facing, it is important we take a joined up approach and work together to offer the best support we can.”

Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group was established in 1999 by its founder Anne-Marie Hamilton MBE, when rural communities were struggling as the result of the 1990/91 recession followed closely by the Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001.

The group has offered farmers and families living in rural areas a wide range of support from debt advice to training schemes to help those struggling to get back on their feet.

Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech, Hugh McCurdy, current Chair of Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group, said: “I am thrilled to be working with FCN, a charity we have worked closely with over the past few years, who will continue to offer our clients the very best support needed.”

The new FCN Beds & Cambs county group will take on the work of the Beds & Cambs Rural Support Group over the coming months. 

FCN is also working closely with Farming Help charities (RABI, Addington Fund, RSABI, Forage Aid) supported by PCF.  Get in touch on 03000 111 999 if you:

  • Feel concerned or anxious and would like to talk to someone who understands farming, will listen to you and help you think through your options
  • Would like help to draft a contingency plan to ensure you and your farm are prepared, should you be unable to work for a time.
  • If you or people you rely on become ill or are self-isolating and you need to find help locally- we will endeavour to find support for you in your local area. We will source contact details of local organisations and groups who may be able to assist you in finding help to feed livestock, collect shopping or collect prescriptions if you are unable to do so. This directory will be revised and updated in the coming weeks and months.

This initiative is in conjunction with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The National Farmers’ Union, and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

For further information about this press release, please contact Alex Phillimore, Marketing and Communications Manager, on

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