Date: 30th July 2020
Forum embraces digital technology to keep its meetings going
New chairman of the WCF Health & Wellbeing Forum - Jim Hume reports of the forum's latest activities.
"Covid-19 lockdown meant that the April 2020 meeting of the Forum was not to happen at the Farmers and Fletchers’ Hall, but never had a time to continue with focusing on health and wellbeing been so vital for our rural communities and businesses."
The Forum has he tells us therefore embraced the online digital revolution and continued with their planned April meeting using ZOOM. An inspiring array of speakers including the Farm Safety Foundation - on mental health in farming; research on suicide in agriculture by the University of Coventry, and Rose Regeneration on their pioneering work on measuring impact of agricultural support organisations via their 'Social Value Engine with the National Rural Health and Care Centre.
Although the opportunity to meet like-minded people with a commitment to making farming in the UK a safer environment, in person at Farmers & Fletchers Hall, cannot be replaced, the online digital revolution has given the Forum the opportunity to meet via Zoom more often than normal with an additional meeting held in July.
For the July event the speaker line-up was just as impressive and relevant to situation the industry, in common with there rest of the UK, finds itself living through. There was an update on the Social Value Engine’s progress, the Prince’s Countryside Fund informed the group of their work to support agricultural communities and their database of support organisations. There was also an inspiring presentation on work undertake in our island communities on building cimmunity resilience to tackle mental health and wellbeing by Support in Mind Scotland.