FARMING COMMUNITY NETWORK (FCN)
The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.
FCN has over 400 volunteers, located throughout England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farm workers and farming families regularly face. Our volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related.
In addition to local groups of volunteers, FCN runs a confidential national helpline (03000 111 999) and e-helpline (firstname.lastname@example.org) which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm. The helpline receives approximately 100-150 calls every month.
Our volunteers will “walk with” anyone who seeks support and help them find a positive way through their problems – for as long as it is needed. We have helped thousands of people deal with a variety of issues, including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes.
FCN also provides practical and pastoral support to the agricultural community to build resilience and access help at difficult times. Visit our website at www.farmwell.org.uk for a wealth of free information about personal and business resilience, mental and physical well being and successfully managing through change.
FCN relies solely on donations and grants in order to continue supporting the farming community. With British farming facing deep uncertainty in the coming years, the workload of FCN volunteers is expected to increase significantly.