Otago Rural Support Trust

Otago Rural Support Trust

The Otago Rural Support Trust - supporting rural people through challenging times

We know that living and working rurally can be a challenge and sometimes things can get a bit too much. If this is you or if you’re concerned for someone then please get in touch.

The Otago Rural Support Trust is a charitable organisation set up to assist rural individuals and their families to get back on their feet following challenging circumstances such as financial, personal or climatic adverse events.

The Trust has trained and experienced Rural Coordinators who are called on to provide one-on-one support in a free and confidential environment.  Our Coordinators are happy to travel to where they are needed, so will meet at a place that suits you.

Our Trustees, administrator and two Coordinators are all farming and/or rural professionals connected to the farming industry, offering a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging rural situations.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us any time for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances, or a neighbour, partner, friend, family member, or worker.

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Call The Otago Rural Support Trust now on 0800 787 254

If calling from an Otago landline you will automatically go through to our Administrator.
If calling from a mobile please then select option 3, then option 5.


"Getting in touch with Lindsay from The Otago Rural Support Trust was one of the best decisions we have ever made. 
Having someone that we could talk to who "got it"  at such a stressful time in our lives was a huge relief.
He knew the right people to help us get information that we needed, he was right there beside us, and we always felt supported. Thank you so much."

Our People

  • Lindsay Purvis, Co-ordinator
  • Pat Macaulay, Co-ordinator
  • Andrea Ludeman, Administrator

    Please click on our co-ordinators images to learn more about them.
     

Our Trustees

  • Mike Lord, Chair, Taieri
  • Richard Burdon, Trustee, Wanaka
  • Amy Francis, Trustee, Oamaru
  • Gareth Isbister, Trustee, Oamaru
  • Keith Cleave, Trustee, Kurow
  • Grant Bradfield, Trustee, Catlins
  • Joanne Paterson, Trustee, Ranfurly
  • Maryanne Kane, Trustee, Gore
  • Tom Pinckney, Deputy Chair, Cromwell

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Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...

Regional Information and Resources

Otago Rural Support Brochure

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5-Ways to Wellbeing with Sam Whitelock (brough to you by Farmstrong)

National

DairyNZ
0800 4 324 7969
www.dairynz.co.nz

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466
www.beeflambnz.com

HORTNZ
0508 467 869
www.hortnz.co.nz 

NZ Young Farmers
03 344 2473
www.youngfarmers.co.nz

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646
www.fedfarm.org.nz

Dairy Womens Network
0800 396 748
www.dwn.co.nz

Ospri/Nait
0800 482 463
www.ospri.co.nz

 

Lifeline
0800 543 354 or 09 522 2999 or Free text 4357 (HELP)

Youthline
0800 376 633

Samaritans
0800 726 666

Alcohol Drug Helpline
0800 787 797

Gambling Helpline
0800 654 655

Rural Women New Zealand
0800 256 467

Rural Employee Scheme
0800 694 121

Rural Support Trust NZ

DONATIONS TO THE OTAGO RURAL SUPPORT TRUST

The Otago Rural Support Trust is a voluntary Charitable Trust and welcomes donations.

Thank you for helping us to continue support rural people through challenging times.

You can make a donation via bank transfer as follows, using your name as reference:

The Otago Rural Support Trust
03 - 0937 - 014524 1- 00

Please email andrea@banarachfarm.co.nz to enable us to acknowledge your donation and send a tax receipt.

Thank you for your kindness.

 

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