New Patron

Following retirement of Sir Algy Heber-Percy, Anna Turner, the incoming Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, has very kindly agreed to also take Sir Algy’s place as the patron of Shropshire Rural Support.

SRS is immensely grateful to Sir Algy for his unstinting support over the years and wish him a long and happy retirement.

We also welcome Sir Algy’s successor as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, as our new Patron and we look forward to working closely with her over the years to come.

A Big Thank You to Burwarton Show

A very big thank you to the organisers of the Burwarton Show for their generous donation🙂. It will help us extend our reach into the harder to reach parts of the Shropshire farming and rural communities👏. Our phone help line and phone support is here 24/7/365 for everyone.


Mental Wellbeing Check List for farmers and their families

Here is  a quick self audit list for farmers to check their level of mental wellbeing. How do you score on the following? The last one is Doug Avery’s personal advice to farmers. To improve your wellbeing, try and take the time to actively to do all the following.

  • Actively connect with people outside the farm – regularly meet new people via work or socially
  • Give – Getting the satisfaction of give something, your time, knowledge or money expecting no reward.
  • Take notice of your surroundings – Take time during each day to take note of and appreciate the little things in life, a new calf, spring flowers, fresh coffee, a hot shower.
  • Keeping learning – actively seek to continually learn new things.
  • Be active – Get out of the tractor cab, the milking parlour or from behind to computer screen and get some fresh air and exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming or working out.
  • Do not personalise problems that are not yours and that you have no control over.

AJT/ 01/11/2019.

We are here for you

We are here for you and we will walk with you to help you overcome your problems and help you build your resilience. It is really is OK to say “I am not OK”. Please act now and just ring our helpline 0300 123 2825. We are available 24/7/365.

It is OK to say I am not OK

Great talk at Harper Adams on Tuesday evening called Shift Happens by Doug Avery, a New Zealand farmer who overcame depression. The key message was It is OK to say I am not OK.

If you are not OK call our helpline  0300 123 2825. We are available 24/7/365

If you want know more about how Doug overcame the depths of depression and became a resilient farming in an ever changing world, get hold of his very readable book is called The Resilient Farmer.

Our thanks to FCN and Harper Adams for arranging the event.


Great support available from West Mercia Police


Last night Graham and Mark from the West Mercia Police Rural & Business Crime Team gave a very informative talk on the additional support for victims and those affected by crime in rural Shropshire and Staffordshire to the SRS volunteers. It sounds like a much needed really good support service if you are a victim of a rural crime or are worried about rural crime. For more detail visit their twitter account