What are GoodYarn workshops?

Published on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

People who live and work on the land manage a set of challenges including long working hours, extreme weather events, isolation, financial pressures, and stress of being 24/7 on-farm. These factors can affect mental wellbeing. To take care of yourself, and be able to help others, one of the best things you can do is talk.
 
GoodYarn is a hands-on workshop to give you the practical tools, confidence and understanding of mental illness and wellness, so you can talk to people in rural communities about mental health. It’s free to attend and focuses on rural issues especially for rural professionals, farmers and rural community members.
 
Launched in 2014 with the support of Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Rural Support, Dairy Women’s Network, Beef and Lamb and Rural Women, GoodYarn was the 2016 Category Winner at Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Service Awards. The programme was developed in 2014 by the WellSouth Primary Health Network in Otago and Southland, in consultation with farmers, Rural Support Trusts, farming bodies and health agencies.
 
Duration and location 
• Workshops take 2.5 hours
• Usually for groups of 10-20
• The NCRST’s two facilitators will be running one a month from October
• Available in most communities around New Zealand.
 
What is included
• Tips for maintaining mental wellbeing
• How to recognise the signs of stress and common mental health problems
• Practical tools to help you initiate a conversation if concerned about someone
• How to access the right support services
 
 

 Upcoming Workshops:

Dates for 2018

February 21st - Little River

March 14th - Oxford

April - 18th - Kaikoura

May 8th - Amberley

May 9th - Culverden

June 6th - Cheviot

 

Times and venues TBC

For registering and further information you can contact Gayle litchi@farmside.co.nz

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Drought tax relief measures

Tax relief and support measures extended to farmers in medium-scale drought areas

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Author: Terri Anderson

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/tax-relief-drought-affected-farmers

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/further-support-struggling-farmers.

 

Detail of what may be available can be found on the Work and Income drought page: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/rural-assistance-lower-north-island-and-west-coast-drought-2018.html including Rural Assistance Payments.

Please share this information and encourage farmers in affected areas to talk to their accountants and advisors.

Share with your rural professional contacts so they are aware of the current challenges due to poor spring and dry early summer. Farmers and families may benefit from help revising their budgets. Some who are badly affected - particularly lower-order sharemilkers and contract milkers - may be eligible for entitlements such as Working for Families https://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/ so your help to make their accountants / advisors aware is appreciated.

Your local Rural Support Trust is available and Federated Farmers' Feedline is open to both memb ers and non-members: https://www.fedfarm.org.nz/FFPublic/Adverse_Events_Farmer_Support_and_Feedline.aspx

MPI, DairyNZ and B+L NZ also have good information for getting through droughts and dry weather.

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Drought classification extends to Grey and Buller

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These are the first South Island additions to the medium-scale event, which was announced for regions of the lower North Island just before Christmas.

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