Lincolnshire Rural Support Network
Lincolnshire Rural Support Network is a volunteer-led organisation that provides pastoral and practical support to farming and rural communities, its aim is to provide help and support to farmers, farming families and rural communities in times of crisis, stress and change.
Every year LRSN helps over 100 families in need of help with problems ranging from Debt and Tenancy to health problems.
The support network runs a helpline which is open 7 days a week 8am-8pm, and provides casework services, available for home visits or in business visits to discuss emotional, financial and health concerns. From these meetings, its volunteers can help to give support and advice, and signpost those in need of professional help to the relevant organisations.
The organisation offers a healthcare screening service run by healthcare professionals, popping up at Louth Cattle Market and Spalding Horticultural Auction, and are introducing its new "health hut" meaning you can see nurses at seed trials shows and events. However, if you can't make it to one of the drop-in advice points and need to talk to someone, you can get in touch on the free, confidential helpline on 0800 138 1710 (open 8am to 8pm every day of the year). Alternatively, you can speak "virtually" to one of the nurses on Click Book Chat service.
Sadly, the high suicide rates in farming and rural communities show just how important the services of LRSN are, meaning that the charity constantly is need of support from its volunteers, from fundraising efforts, and being supported by grants and sponsorship activities.
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