The Estate Building
The Rural Support office is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
The Rural Support helpline is open 9am-9pm, Monday to Friday.
The Rural Support helpline provides a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural dwellers across Northern Ireland. Callers to the helpline are from all ages and backgrounds and come from every part of Northern Ireland.
Our volunteers and mentors understand the challenges facing the farming community. Changing family circumstances from bereavement, retirement and difficult relationships, as well as isolation and loneliness, can cause worry, depression and stress. We do not judge. Having someone outside the family can help guide you.
We will listen to your concerns and work with you to find the best way ahead. Support is available through the confidential Rural Support helpline. Face to face meetings provide dedicated support, give guidance during times of need and tackle rural stress.
Farm Business Support
Farming while rewarding can sometimes be stressful; having outside assistance can help. Our Farm Business Support helps rural families and dwellers tackle farm business issues such as finance, debt or paperwork. We understand business decisions for the future can be difficult. We can help you look at realistic business options. Rural Support's one on one business mentors provide experienced independent support. Our dedicated resilience and succession workshops across Northern Ireland also provide valuable farm business guidance.
Social Farming Support
Social Farming is an innovative use of agriculture to promote therapy, rehabilitation, social inclusion, education and social services in rural areas. Social Farming enables people in need of support to engage in meaningful farm-based activities under the supervision of the farmer.
All calls are confidential. The helpline is available 9am-9pm, Monday to Friday (voicemail and support options available at all other times). The helpline number is 0800 138 1678 (Freephone from all UK landlines & mobiles).
Type of OrganisationVCSE
NI Charity NumberNI102591
- Rural Support
- Fiona Hanna
- Lorraine Anthony
- Victoria Ross