About us: We are a small charity supporting farming and rural life in the Peak District. Working with farmers, their families and the local community. We host a number of social and health related groups and projects providing a non-judgemental service which rural residents can access in times of challenge where they will find empathy, support, proactive signposting to other services and a listening ear.
The issue: Rural communities are fragile due to:
- fewer young adults living in these communities,
- increase in suicides,
- services in decline
- unaffordable housing
- traditional family farms diminishing.
Families that still farm experience ongoing difficulties & are more vulnerable than ever due to challenging and changing environmental, climatic, legislative and economic conditions they currently experience. Rural and social isolation continues to be an increasing problem. There is currently support for Young Farmers through ‘The Federation of Young Farmers’ up to the age of 26. Most of our beneficiaries are 55+. In response to Covid-19 we want to support Next Generation Farmers, aged 26 – 40 with their Farm Businesses.
How we can help: Working with next generation farmers the project will harness & develop existing skills & show them how to apply these when writing business plans, maintaining financial records & marketing their product. This will be achieved through a series of workshops with professional speakers from the industry giving talks. We will provide opportunities for peer support & on farm visits. The use of social media and technology will be explored and individuals will look at how they can use this as a tool to develop their farm businesses.
Making a difference: By supporting Next Generation Farmers this project will offer a life line for many in these uncertain times. The project will provide opportunities for them to bounce back stronger & more resilient, develop business skills & allow time for peer support to help tackle rural and social isolation within our rural communities.