First and foremost the Otago Rural Support Trust is about rural people helping rural individuals and communities to cope during difficult times.
The Trust and its coordinators are skilled in assisting rural people through adverse events such as flooding, drought, snowstorms, and also financial, animal welfare, and personal crises. The Trust is well connected with rural networks, Civil Defence, local and central government agencies, making the Trust well placed to get things done that might be difficult for individuals.
More specifically the Trust can:
Help during and following an adverse weather 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 movement of stock, financial support, labour or other needs during or following an adverse event.
Help facilitate and advocate
The Trust's coordinators can help by facilitating assistance from financial organisations, government agencies, and farm management consultancies.
Support during personal, environmental, and/or financial difficulties
The coordinators are trained to help find ways to manage these types of rural challenges. Often all that's needed is someone to talk to and listen to your problems. They may assist with referrals to appropriate professional help for stress management, mentoring, financial and farm management counseling.
Services are free and confidential.