Following hot on the launch of Tir Dewi into Powys at this year’s Royal welsh Show, Tir Dewi has launched into three counties of north wales. Since wednesday September 23, farmers and their families in gwynedd, Conwy and on the isle of Anglesey have full access to Tir Dewi’s Helpline and on-farm support service.
Prior to its launch, Tir Dewi conducted an online survey of farmers in the area to try to gain an understanding of the problems there. “The results were remarkably similar to the survey which we did in Powys,” remarked Elen Skyrme who designed and led the exercise. “what is clear is that farmers aren’t struggling with a single issue but combinations of several problems, one on top of the other.” The most common problems included general issues like financial concerns and mental health worries, but also very specific ones such as Rural Crime, Succession Planning and bTB.
one of the results which both surveys showed particularly concerned gareth Davies, Chief Executive of Tir Dewi, he commented: “The list of problems that farmers were struggling with makes depressing reading, but the fact that up to 74% of farmers said they wouldn’t seek help for fear of embarrassment, shame or other concerns over confidentiality is awful! Farmers and their families need to know that all of our help is completely confidential and we will never judge a farmer.”
leading Tir Dewi’s service in the area, Delyth owen from Anglesey said: “if you are a farmer in north wales who is struggling, or if you know one, then please call us. we know that making the call can be difficult, but talking is the first step towards finding a solution.”
Contact Tir Dewi on: 0800 121 4722 / email@example.com / @DewiTir
For further information contact: gareth Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07970 180408
Delyth owen: email@example.com / 07483 399937
“Farmers and their families need to know that all of our help is completely confidential and we will never judge a farmer.”