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Reminder that precautions must be taken

A message from Iechyd Da (Gwledig) Ltd and Menter a Busnes deSPiTe the increasing numbers of CoVid cases in Wales we would like to emphasise to our clients our continual commitment to carry on...

Cyfle i greu cymuned a chynefin gwell

gan Tegwen Morris, Cyfarwyddwraig Cenedlaethol, Merched y Wawr Mae’r flwyddyn newydd yn amser i flaengynllunio a dyna yn union y byddwn yn ei wneud dros y misoedd nesaf – Cynllunio yr enfys o Obaith,...

Negotiate carefully before accepting tenancy deals

by Edward Page of Davis Meade Property Consultants We have received a number of calls from tenants who have been approached by their landlord to enquire of their willingness to surrender old agricultural tenancies....

‘The Big Farming Survey’ – RABI to deliver insight into the issues impacting farming peopleOn January 11 2021, RABI launches the largest ever research project across Wales and England relating to the wellbeing of farming people. This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between physical health, mental wellbeing and the health of farm businesses. With mounting external pressures, this vital research will provide the most comprehensive overview of the farming community. It will identify the specific challenges that a generation of farming people face, as well as highlighting how these impact daily life. FUW is supporting this important initiative and encourages everyone to get involved in this research. With the target of gathering 26,000 survey responses, Alicia Chivers, Chief Executive of RABI calls on the Welsh farming community to take part: “We’ve set ourselves an ambitious goal that requires support from farmers, agricultural businesses, organisations and individuals to spread the word as widely as possible. “By setting aside 15 minutes to complete the survey, you’ll be contributing towards creating an accurate picture of farming life today. The data that’s collected will enable RABI and our partners to develop effective tools and support strategies for farming people in years to come,” explains Alicia. “FUW have been incredibly supportive of this project. We are immensely grateful for all the support they have provided to spread the message across their network. We hope that thousands of individual members will be kind enough to also get involved in the project and help us to make a difference. “Beyond anecdotal or localised evidence, there is a pressing need for wide-scale, reliable data, obtained directly from our farming people. We believe there are significant issues that need to be addressed but they’re not yet clearly defined,” adds Alicia. Conducted by the University of Exeter, The Big Farming Survey is a key strand of RABI’s ambitious 5-year strategy that will enable the charity to reach a far wider audience. It’s a further step towards achieving their vision that no farmer should ever face adversity alone. The research project closely follows the introduction of RABI’s online wellbeing platforms which launched in October. Featuring two distinct, age appropriate websites – Qwell for adults and Kooth for young people aged 11-18 – the online service provides free and confidential access to numerous resources and counselling support. Users can anonymously access farmer-specific and other insightful content on these sites, as well as a wealth of discussion boards, case studies and messaging functions. There are many tools, tips and articles which are free to all, and users can also access one-to-one counselling through a chat function from British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited counsellors. Two Welsh speaking counsellors have also recently been recruited to support an even wider audience. Both sites can be reached via www.rabi.org.uk/kooth “Through both the online wellbeing platforms and The Big Farming Survey, we aim to make a real difference to the farming community that RABI has been dedicated to for the past 160 years. We’re aware that RABI must continue to develop and adapt our services to deliver enhanced, proactive support as everyone continues to adapt to changing routines, challenges and expectations,” concludes Alicia. Please set aside 15 minutes to take part by completing the online form: http://ex.ac.uk/BigFarmingSurvey which is available in both Welsh and English formats. Thank you.

On January 11 2021, RABI launches the largest ever research project across Wales and England relating to the wellbeing of farming people. This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between...

Welsh agri-budget cut ‘brexit betrayal’

ThE FUW has branded the UK Government’s decision to slash Wales’ agricultural budget as a ‘Brexit betrayal’, after chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed in November 25 spending review that the budget would be cut by...