COVID-19 - SRST Operations Amendment

SRST Service modified for the protection and wellbeing of SRST Members and Clients

Published on Monday, March 23, 2020

Continuing Support for Our Rural Communities

Health and safety is paramount for the Southland Rural Support Trust. We are therefore monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will make appropriate changes to our work practices in line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.

We will continue to deliver our support services;

  • Our 0800 787 254 number is still receiving calls and are ready to support you with your needs 
  • Make contact through

However, we will not be doing any on-farm visiting at this stage until the current Covid-19 situation becomes safer for us to resume regular business.

We want our rural community, farmers and team to remain as healthy as possible, and so we ask for your cooperation and understanding.

If you suspect you may have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453. For comprehensive information about COVID-19 please visit the Ministry of Health website.

https://www.health.govt.nz/

COVID-19 Link

If COVID-19 is worrying you and you wish to talk to a trained Counsellor, please call/text 1737.

We also have some local counsellors available for online appointments - call 0800 787 254

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By Miles Anderson.

OPINION: Rural New Zealand can be a pretty quiet place at the best of times and for the next four weeks it will be even more so. Every community relies on its people to help each other and rural ones more than most. As a rule, we usually know what our neighbours are up to, the regular vehicles on our roads and help to keep an eye on things as we are going about our day-to-day business.  

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