A new Farming Help helpline has been launched to support the farming community during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and it is being supported by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

This could be an anxious time for many farmers and farming families and periods of poor health or self-isolation may result in temporary practical difficulties on farm.

Using the Farming Help helpline (operated by FCN) and respective organisations/volunteer networks, the following local support is available. 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. The helpline 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.

Farming Help Charities – Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund – are working together to deliver this service. As well as NFYFC, the initiative is also in conjunction with The National Farmers’ Union, and the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.

Many Young Farmers’ Clubs have registered their local community group with the Farming Help organisers to help provide support to farmers in their local areas.

Call 03000 111 999 or visit www.farminghelp.co.uk for further support.