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.

Facilitate

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.

News & Alerts

Help Mid Canterbury Farmers

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/manaakitanga-feed-and-seed-3

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Author: AllanBaird

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Givealittle page to help Flood Devasted Canterbury Farmers

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/manaakitanga-feed-and-seed-3

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Author: AllanBaird

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/manaakitanga-feed-and-seed-3

GiveaLittle Page to help flood-devastated Canterbury farmers and their animals Funds will go directly to providing feed and seed for pasture

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Flood Response Information

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Author: AllanBaird
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STARTING THE CONVERSATION

The Top Six Inches - breaking the mental unwellness stigma by starting a conversation

Monday, March 1, 2021

Author: Marcia

Artist Paul Rangiwahia grew up in the rural town of Hawera and is no stranger to farming stressors. His previous art is displayed outside New Plymouth's Puke Ariki Library and was his first foray into how art could support positive conversations about mental wellbeing. Paul was aware of the pressure farmers faced, not only with new legislation but also with general on-farm stress. To combat the silence and stigma related to mental unwellness he created the artwork called "The Top Six Inches" using the analogy for not only where the majority of the plant roots sit in the soil but also the top six inches of the brain where resilience is developed by farmers who take care of their wellbeing. 

 

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