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 
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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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Professional Farm Business Advice Fund

Monday, October 19, 2020

Author: ClaireFord

Feeling the pinch?

Finance plays an essential role in every business, including farming, growing or agri-business. Related to this are matters such as debt management, tax management and business structures.

Usually you can see a way ahead and you are working with your accountant and bank. But sometimes you feel financially stuck and you may want to discuss this with someone and we’re here to help.

Also, following is information about some assistance we may be able to help you tap into.

New fund to get advice for struggling farmers is now open

Joint statement by the National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association, 25 February 2020

A new initiative funded by banks and the government offering support for farmers struggling with farm debt is now up and running. 

The government has allocated $200,000 for the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, to be managed by Rural Support Trusts.

For a qualifying farmer the Fund will provide up to $6,000 to pay for financial or business advice from an independent consultant.

The National Council of Rural Support Trusts and New Zealand Bankers’ Association have recently signed the agreement for the Fund. Under the agreement, the RSTs will provide up to $3000, depending on an assessment of need, and the relevant bank will match that dollar for dollar.

RST National Council chair Neil Bateup says the fund is for a farmer who is feeling pressure. “This might be because there’s been some change or their bank has indicated they need to discuss their debt situation. The hope is that there may still be options available so that the wishes of all parties can form a solution for going forward.”

“There’s a recognition it’s in everyone’s best interest for a farmer to have up-to-date business and financial plans,” says New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont. “This will inform conversations between the farmer and their bank.”

Rural Support Trusts will take an application from, or on behalf of, a farmer who might qualify for assistance.

The consultant will provide a report, which will be given to the farmer and their bank.

This initiative involves ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Heartland Bank, Rabobank, SBS Bank, TSB and Westpac. 

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Step up For Farming

Search Step up For Farming on Facebook or email events@ruralsupport.org.nz for updates

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater

Connect, be active, try something new, take notice and give are all great ways to support your wellbeing.   Step Up for Farming is about getting out and about and taking steps towards your wellbeing. 

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Bay of Plenty Rural Connect Issue #13

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Author: JodieCraig
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Brunch on Us - Southland Events in October

We have lined up a bunch of "Brunches on Us!" for rural Southland this month.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Author: KatrinaThomas

Southland farmers deserve a treat every now and then, so we’ve organised seven pop up brunch BBQ 's and coffee carts in a few Southland rural communities where we haven’t visited a lot of recently.

The Southland Rural Support Trust along with a number of Southland agriculture businesses and organsiations -  Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Farm Source Otago/Southland - Otautau, NSVets PGG Wrightson Ltd, Rural Women New Zealand,  Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group are picking up the cost or cooking on the BBQ. Yes, it is a free feed!

We are keen to catch up with managers, owners and farm teams.

As well as a FREE feed and a coffee, farmers can chat to the Rural Support Trust, other Southland Rural Professional representatives and enter to win a hamper for your team, thanks to Rural Women NZ.

Come as you are, stay for a chat or gobble and go!

Timing: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Diary the date now!

Dates & Venues

  • Tuesday 13 October - Wyndham Hall
  • Wednesday 14 October - Dipton Hall
  • Wednesday 14 October - Tokanui Community Hall
  • Friday 16 October - Waikaka Valley Hall
  • Tuesday 20 October - Riversdale Rugby Club
  • Wednesday 21 October - Athol Hall
  • Thursday 22 October - Orawia, Merrivale, Feldwick, Pukemaori & Districts Community Centre

 

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