The 2017 Health & Wellbeing Forum

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The 2017 Farming Health & Wellbeing Forum

Attendees at the 2017 Health & Wellbeing Forum
Attendees at the 2017 Health & Wellbeing Forum at Farmers & Fletchers' Hall

On June 5th 2017 the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Farmers & Fletcher's Hall played host to an important, national forum devoted to promoting co-ordination and co-operation between the many bodies operating in the farming health and wellbeing arena.

Then Master, Philip Wynn welcomed delegates from all over the UK to what is believed to be, the first forum of its kind ever held.

The attendees shared their experiences, many of them truly moving, discussed best practice and importantly, how best to create a much more 'joined up', nationwide approach to coping with what is rapidly becoming recognised as a major issue for farming, stress in the workplace.

With the discussion wide ranging and complex, the decision was taken to summarise the output and conclusions of the meeting in a 'Discussion Paper'.

One of the actions agreed was the publication of a national list of resources, contacts and facilities. This document has now been compiled by the YANA Project is now available via this website.

Delegates at the workshop included Charles Smith, and Glyn Evans of the Farming Community Network; Allan Robson, Lincolnshire Rural Support Network; David Leaver, Worshipful Company of Farmers; Nina Clancy, RSABI in Scotland; Trish Pickford, RABI; Johann Tasker, Farmers Weekly; Aarun Naik, Nuffield Scholar; Stuart Burgess, Worshipful Company of Farmers; Diane Spark, Upper Teasdale Agricultural Support Service; Holly Beckett, Focussed Farmers Project; Richard Soffe, Rural Business School; Rita Walsh, Royal Agricultural University; Fay Jones, The National Farmers Union; Gordon Gatward, Chaplain to the Worshipful Company of Farmers; Rosie Carne, Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, Julian Sayers, Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Farmers and Philip Wynn the Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.