FCN’s primary objective is to encourage and empower people to make their own decisions and regain their sense of value, purpose and direction.
FCN provides pastoral and practical support to farming people during periods of anxiety and stress. Much of this work goes on quietly and with little recognition but its value cannot be over-estimated. The health, the families, the future and even the lives of many people are intact because of the care, support and friendship they have received from an FCN volunteer.
FCN runs a national confidential helpline from 7am to 11pm every day of the year, staffed by a team of volunteers. Talking with someone who understands farming but is not directly involved in their situation can be a real support and, when appropriate, callers are offered a visit from an FCN volunteer.
FCN volunteers ‘walk with’ people through their problems so they don’t have to face them on their own. They continue their support for as long as it is needed – this can often be for many months. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to. However, in many cases there are practical ways to improve the circumstances the farmer and their family is facing. FCN has links with sources of professional advice, help and expertise which can be brought in as appropriate. Practical help and support is offered, but never forced on people.
This service is confidential and free of charge.
How to find out more
To contact the Helpline please telephone the number shown.
To find out more about FCN the click onto the website or e-mail using the links opposite
Farming Community Network (FCN)
Tel:Helpline: 0845 367 9990
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