Rural Support was established as a charity in 2002 and works to promote a vibrant,healthy and resilient farming community in Northern Ireland. Through its confidential helpline and Farm Business Support service, the charity provides professional and practical support to farmers, farm families and farm businesses. The staff, mentor, and volunteer teams support farmers to deal with farming issues and financial matters, which can improve their emotional, mental and physical health.
Since 2015, Rural Support is responsible for the Social Farming Support Service (SFSS) for Northern Ireland. The SFSS promotes the practice of Social Farming and supports existing and new Social Farming initiatives regionally. The focus of the SFSS is on both the farmer who delivers the Social Farming service and the participant who benefits from meaningful activity in a farm environment.