Charity (no. 1115015)

Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy

"Valuing and Helping the whole Farming Community."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Since 2000 we have helped hundreds of Cheshire farmers and their families through difficult times. Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy Team covers the whole of Cheshire & Wirral offering 24:7 support to the farming community with a listening ear for as long as required, pastoral support and ability to bring in supporting agencies when required. 

The majority of people seen by the team are suffering from depression, mental health issues or financial difficulties. Team members apart from visiting individual farms, attend local livestock markets, local agricultural shows and preside at church services.

Farming as an occupation has one of the highest rate of suicide, many farmers are suffering with difficult issues like financial pressure, isolation, adverse weather conditions, family disputes, government regulations and inspections, administration, poor harvests & livestock disease all combined with long hours of work. All this contributes to serious levels of hopelessness and depression, some thinking of self-harm.

As farmers and Pastors, we are uniquely placed to deliver this support understanding the language of farming and the issues farmers face. We are available to farmers and all allied workers in the industry. With our association with FCN & RABI we are the only organisation offering this much needed service to the farmers in Cheshire.

Through our network we work with a number of larger and respected organisations,to help support you these include: Addington Fund,  Mind, Citizens Advice Bureau,  Farming Community Network,  Royal Agricultural, Benevolent Institution,  NFU, Tenant Farmers Association, Specialist agencies such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and many more.

Our Services Are

Free Low Cost Subsidised Charged Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

Supporting Farmers

Are you working in the farming community or know someone who needs help and would like to talk to our team? Call our helpline - 07967 559 594 Email - [email protected] or complete the contact form here. Our service is free, confidential and we will provide the guidance and support needed.

We offer a supportive, guiding and confidential facility to those requiring help in times of difficulty which include challenges relating to:​

Personal Problems

  • Financial
  • Help with state benefits
  • Marriage and family problems
  • Illness
  • Loneliness
  • Retirement
  • Bereavement
  • Feelings of depression and suicide
  • Housing difficulties
  • Personal issues (we run a specialist helpline for gay farmers)

Business Issues

  • Compliance
  • Succession planning
  • Animal health
  • TB
  • Help with BPS & BCMS enquiries
  • Tenancy issues
  • And many more...

Our Network for Supporting You

Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy started in 2001 and is affiliated to the National organisation Farm Community Network. We have a group of volunteers who will speak with farmers over the phone or will visit them on the farm in an effort to help them see through the difficult times that so many farmers are experiencing at present. With our various connections we are able to put people in touch with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, ARC Addington Fund, Citizens Advice Bureau, Debt Advisors and Farm Business Advisors among others.All our volunteers who visit the farmers have farming experience or knowledge and as such are well aware of the difficulties facing the farming community. Please use the contact Sharon Mayer Toft Hall Farm, Toft, Knutsford, WA16 9PD Tel:07967 559594 or [email protected] to be put in touch with a volunteer on a totally confidential basis.

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Volunteer

Golden Wheat Sponsorship Scheme

In these difficult financial times our help is need more than ever. Farming is the most dangerous occupation in the country and is most vulnerable to suicide and depression. We can help alleviate these problems but it all costs money. Over the past 18 years we have helped hundreds of Cheshire farmers through difficult times. These have included ; Financial problems, Bereavement, Retirement, Illness, Housing difficulties, Feelings of depression and suicide, Loneliness, Marriage and family problems, Tenancy issues, Animal health issues, Issues of sexuality (we run a specialist helpline for gay farmers), Help obtaining State Benefits, Succession planning. By joining you will 

  • Help ensure we maintain a vibrant farming community in Cheshire supplying us with the food we all need. 
  • Receive recognition of your support on our brochures and marquees at agricultural events.
  • Be welcomed to our marquees at agricultural events.
  • Have an opportunity to display our logo and confirmation of your support on your own advertising material and letterheads. 
  • Get certificate(s) to display on your premises recognising your support.​

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