First and foremost, the Southland Rural Support Trust is about rural people helping rural individuals and communities to cope during difficult times.

The Southland Rural Support Trust can help you by:

Being a contact

The Trust is directly linked into local Civil Defence and can provide you with information about what is happening, what the risks are, and assist you in getting emergency and ongoing help. A key role of the RST is to strengthen the network of rural landowners, managers, professional and other industry organisations to better support rural business, communities, and individuals during and following an adverse event.

Being a facilitator

The Trust's facilitators can assist in helping decide business options, provide mentors or colleagues from rural backgrounds to talk to, and act as facilitators for financial assistance, Work and Income support and labour assistance.

Being an ear to listen

The Trust's facilitators have rural experience. If you or someone you know is affected by an adverse event or is facing a personal challenge, the Trust can facilitate referral to professional counselling, financial advice and farm management expertise.

News & Alerts

Tips from farmers for winter storms

June 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Before snow hits

  • Keep an eye on climate predictions and talk to your neighbours.
  • Plan how you will deal with no power (no electric fences, pumps, milking, refrigeration, hot water, cook or heating). If necessary, source a generator.
  • Stockpile what you might need for home and farm to minimise travel:
    • Surplus feed
    • Generators
    • Food and alternative means of cooking and heating for your home
    • Emergency kit.
  • Have a battery-powered radio.
  • Have a smartphone, and know how to use it and how to charge it up in the car
  • If you need to travel any distance, make sure you are well-equipped for the cold and let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • Have a flexible feed plan underway for stock.
  • If you know it’s coming, move stock to sheltered paddocks, especially young stock, to reduce exposure.
  • Make sure stock can access food and water, and you can access them.

 

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Lance Burdett article in Farmers' Weekly

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

Perhaps the biggest hinderance to farmers' wellbeing is their lack of social life, says former police crisis negotiator Lance Burdett, who has begun his tour of the South Island to encourage wellness.

https://ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/rural-news/rural-general-news/farmers-it-s-good-to-talk?fbclid=IwAR1ddSAGlktVp5OfckrHCJlXCYLaLZHMHuesQljcIjUW0wFRM5X8uYtylfY

Make sure you book in!

 

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From the front line to the back paddocks

Safety, wellness and resilience expert Lance Burdett tours rural New Zealand.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Author: Terri Anderson

It’s a long way from negotiating with hostage-takers to touring rural New Zealand, but that’s where Lance Burdett’s career path has gone so far. He’s about to embark on a tour of rural South Island thanks to a series of talks put together by New Zealand’s local Rural Support Trusts and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Founder of Warn International, Lance has moved from working for police and training with the FBI to dedicating himself to spreading tips and techniques for people to handle difficult situations by understanding what goes on in people’s brains – starting with their own.

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/other-sectors/view/a-good-man-to-have-in-a-crisis

 

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Next SRST Meeting & AGM

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Author: SuperUser Account

Next meeting of the Southland Rural Support Trust -

AGM & General Meeting

Location:  FF Building, Forth St, Invercargill

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Time:

Trustees Only: 10am

Facilitators and Key Partners: 11am

Stakeholders: 1.00pm

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Donations

The Southland Rural Support Trust is a registered charitable trust manned by volunteers.

If you would like to support the work of the Trust, donations can be made to the Trust bank account:

03-0915-0414113-000

Please include your name and the word “Donation” in the reference field. If you require a receipt,
please also notify the Coordinator at southland.rst@gmail.com of your donation.