First and foremost the South Canterbury Rural Support Trust is about local people helping rural individuals and communities to cope during difficult times.
The Trust members are skilled in assisting rural people through adverse events such as snowstorms, floods, droughts, and also financial, animal welfare, and personal crises. The Trust is well connected with rural networks, Civil Defence, local and central government agencies making it well placed to get things done that might be difficult for individuals.
More specifically the Trust can:
Help during and after an adverse weather or environmental event
The Trust is directly linked into local Civil Defence and can provide you with information and assist you in getting emergency or on going help. This may include rescue and movement of stock, access to Rural Assistance Payments in a declared adverse event, labour or other needs during and after an adverse event.
The Trust can help facilitate with financial organisations, government agencies, and farm management consultancies.
Provide support during personal, and/or financial difficulties
The Trust coordinators are trained to help find options to manage these types of rural challenges. Often all that's needed is someone to talk to and listen to your problems. They may also make referrals to appropriate professionals, for example financial and farm management, mentoring, and counselling.