Southland Rural Support Trust

Southland Rural Support Trust

Southland Rural Support Trust helps locals in tough times

The Southland Rural Support Trust assists rural individuals and their families to get back on their feet following challenging circumstances such as financial, personal or climatic adverse events.

The Trust is part of a nation-wide network which is linked into local rural networks, as well as Civil Defence, Work and Income, and rural professionals.

The Trust members are local people who have themselves faced the challenges rural life brings. Free and confidential help is available through the Trust's coordinator.

Contact us any time for a confidential chat about you, your business, the weather, your finances, a neighbour, partner, friend, family/whānau, or a farm team member.

Contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you.

 

Email Us

Call the Southland Rural Support Trust now

on 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

Email: southland@ruralsupport.org.nz

 

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@ruralsupport.org.nz of your donation.

Our People

Trustees

  • Simon Hopcroft - Invercargill & Western Southland (Chair)
  • Lindsay Wright - Northern Southland
  • Grant Dermody - Invercargill & Southern Southland
  • Julie Clarke - Eastern & Southern Southland
  • Diane Smith - Northern Southland
  • Dean Rabbidge - Southern Southland
  • Georgette Wouda - Central Southland
  • Anna Irwin
  • Nicky Baker
  • Morgan Smith
Beef & Lamb NZ Ladies Long Lunch - Gore, Southland

Beef & Lamb NZ Ladies Long Lunch - Gore, Southland

Empowering and celebrating women in the rural sector – connect and inspire women in our farming communities.

Join us for a delicious lunch and wine, hear from inspirational rural women and connect with farming ladies from throughout the Southern South Island Region.  

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DWN Calf Rearing Expo - Invercargill, Southland

DWN Calf Rearing Expo - Invercargill, Southland

Whether you've been rearing calves for a little or a long time, you're guaranteed to leave our Calf Rearing Expo with the expert knowledge you need to prepare yourself and your team for calving season.

6/18/2024 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM 0 Comments
Rural Champions - Nominations now open!

Rural Champions - Nominations now open!

Last year, the Otago Daily Times and Rural Life celebrated Year of the Farmer, a hugely successful initiative championing the work and community contributions of our farmers and growers. It culminated in the naming of Duntroon dairy farmer Myfanwy Alexander as our inaugural Rural Champion.
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South Island Agricultural Field Days, Kirwee, Canterbury

South Island Agricultural Field Days, Kirwee, Canterbury

This is one of the oldest and largest agricultural events in the South Island; going back 70 years, it focuses on opportunities to view machines in their working state and reinforcing the relationship between farmers, service providers, scientists and technical experts.

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Upcoming Local Events

Help and resources available to you...

National

DairyNZ
0800 4 324 7969

Beef + Lamb NZ
0800 733 466

HORTNZ
0508 467 869

NZ Young Farmers
0800 699 346

Federated Farmers
0800 327 646

Dairy Women's Network
0800 396 748

OSPRI/NAIT
0800 482 463
 

 

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

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.


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