What does FCN do?
- In association with the network it has, FCN helps farming people through difficult times of anxiety, stress and problems, affecting both the farm household and the farm business, walking with and supporting them as they seek to resolve their problems
- FCN volunteers deal with approximately 2,500 cases per year.
- Every year, FCN takes on approximately 1,000 new cases.
- FCN receives approximately 100-150 calls to its helpline every month.
- As well as the helpline, volunteers also receive 150-200 direct enquiries from local stakeholders every month.
- Around 6,000 people per year benefit from the support of FCN
Typical problems they encounter:
Current Key Issues:
- Volatile commodity prices – all sectors!
- CAP reforms & Dependence on BPS
- “Brexit” uncertainty
- Poor mental well-being
- Rapidly growing indebtedness
- 400+ Volunteers
- Telephone Helpline – 7am – 11pm every day of the year
- 33 county groups offering face to face practical & pastoral support
- Strong influence with Government Agencies & stakeholders
- Vast Network of support
Why support FCN?
- With British farming facing deep uncertainty in the coming years, the workload of FCN volunteers is expected to increase significantly.
- FCN relies solely on donations and grants in order to support the farming community.
- It costs approximately £1,500 a day to run FCN.
- The majority of FCN’s income is spent on running the national helpline, Insurance, training and covering volunteers’ travel expenses.
- We anticipate the need for more funding to cover increased volunteer numbers, better geographical coverage and a more rigorous training programme
- They work very closely with RABI and RSABI and the equivalent organisation in Northern Ireland