Posted on: 15 July 2021
Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is holding a webinar to promote wellbeing in the farming community on Thursday 22 July.
The pandemic and Brexit have put huge pressure on many of the region’s farmers.
In recognition of this, the Trading Standards Farming Partnership, in conjunction with the Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Rural Community project, has held a series of webinars over the last year – and the next one is on 22 July.
The aim of this latest event is to help support farmers in areas ranging from rural crime and running a business to safety and mental health – and to help publicise the support and guidance available to those who need it.
Speakers include officers from Devon & Cornwall Police and Avon & Somerset Police, who will be talking about domestic abuse, as well as dog theft and dog attacks on livestock and new dog-related legislation.
Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation will talk about Farm Safety Week, the same week as this session.
There will be an opportunity to ask the speakers and trading standards officers questions. The format of the meeting will allow you to do this anonymously if you prefer.
Mark Peacock, Team Manager, Business Support & Innovation, Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service, said: “Farming is a challenging way of life and if you are struggling it can be hard to know where to go for support.
“Maybe you simply want a listening ear from someone who understands farming, or perhaps you need advice on running your business.
“To find out how you can get the right help join us for an evening of talks from a range of experts.”
Those unable to attend the online event will have the opportunity to watch it on the Trading Standards YouTube page afterwards.
The online event is on Thursday 22 July between 6pm and 8pm and you can book your place through Eventbrite.
If you can’t make the session, you can still register, and you’ll be emailed a link to the recording afterwards.
Registration will close at 3pm on Thursday 22 July.
This is the fourth session in this series. You can view recordings of previous talks on our Support for farmers page.