What can we do for you?
We offer a supportive, guiding and confidential facility to those requiring help in times of difficulty which include challenges relating to:
Help with state benefits
Marriage and family problems
Feelings of depression and suicide
Personal issues (we run a specialist helpline for gay farmers)
Help with BPS & BCMS enquiries
And many more...
Since 2000 we have helped hundreds of Cheshire farmers and their families through difficult times.
Through our network we work with a number of larger and respected organisations,to help support you these include:
Addington Fund, Mind, Citizens Advice Bureau, Farming Community Network, Royal Agricultural, Benevolent Institution, NFU,
Tenant Farmers Association, Specialist agencies such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and many more.
Our Network for Supporting You
Farm Community Network
Cheshire FCN started in 2001 and is affiliated to the National organisation Farm Community Network.
We have a group of volunteers who will speak with farmers over the phone or will visit them on the farm in an effort to help them see through the difficult times that so many farmers are experiencing at present. With our various connections we are able to put people in touch with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, ARC Addington Fund, Citizens Advice Bureau, Debt Advisors and Farm Business Advisors among others.
All our volunteers who visit the farmers have farming experience or knowledge and as such are well aware of the difficulties facing the farming community.
Please use the contact details below to be put in touch with a volunteer on a totally confidential basis.
A BIT FROM SOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS:
"We have been farming as a partnership for over 25 years but 5years ago, we sold the farm due to the fact no family member wanted to follow in our footsteps. We have been involved in FCN for three years and feel that it is very worthwhile organisation and we are happy to help where we can."
"I am a willing listener and confidante to those who need someone to talk to in confidence about any issues that bothering and worrying anyone. Please don't think your problem is too small or insignificant - we are here to help you."
"We are a husband and wife team of FCN volunteers, formerly dairy farming but now semi-retired.
We became involved with FCN through Keith Ineson's association with Cheshire County Show and are happy to listen to or help anyone with problems to continue with the excellent work done by Keith and the FCN team. "
"I am a fifty five year old, full time farmer’s wife on a livestock farm rearing beef, lamb and pork. During the time I have worked off the farm I have always had jobs where I have constantly worked with people from all walks of life. I am a fully trained Samaritan. I am a sympathetic listener and am a practical, empathetic and responsive person. I have skills in dealing with farm paperwork and bureaucracy."
"Spent all his life on a farm. Was bullied unmercifully at school.
He has been on the Acorn Listening Course and a Bereavement Course .
He was a server at Middlewich Parish Church.
He was Chairman of Middlewich Young Farmers' and County Chairman of Federation of Young Farmers.
He suffered with depression, but his Father helped him out of it.
He is currently on the Cheshire County Farmers' Committee. "
Our two admin helpers say:
" was brought up in the country and helped out on friend's farms, but that finished in my early twenties.
Have been on the Acorn Listening course, I am a member of our church Pastoral Visiting team Always consider myself a very good listener ( as well as a talker!!!!!!!!)
Though brought up in the town has always had a love of the countryside.
He too has been on the Acorn Listening Course and is a member of the church Pastoral Visiting team. "
Contact Sharon (You don’t even need to give your address if you don’t want):
Toft Hall Farm, Toft, Knutsford, WA16 9PD
ARC Addington Fund
Arthur Rank Centre
Cathedral of Hope
Cheshire Agricultural Society
Cheshire Game and Angling Fair
Cheshire Ploughing and Hedgecutting Society
Citizens Advice Bureaux
Gay Farmer Helpline
Farm Crisis Network
Nantwich and South Cheshire Agricultural Society
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution