Farming Community Network responds to farming challenges by creating new Yorkshire role

The Farming Community Network is looking to recruit a deputy co-ordinator in Yorkshire to work alongside long-serving co-ordinator Helen Benson, pictured.
The Farming Community Network is looking to recruit a deputy co-ordinator in Yorkshire to work alongside long-serving co-ordinator Helen Benson, pictured.
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Farm help charity, The Farming Community Network, is looking to bolster its presence in Yorkshire as it prepares for British agriculture’s new era.

A deputy co-ordinator is being sought by the voluntary organisation to work alongside long-serving regional co-ordinator, Helen Benson, at its Yorkshire group.

The charity provides practical and pastoral support to farmers and their families and is looking for someone who is passionate about both British agriculture and supporting the region’s farming community.

The newly created role of deputy co-ordinator is a voluntary position and a commitment of at least eight hours a month is required.

Responsibilities include promoting FCN at auction marts, shows and other venues, and encouraging and supporting social and fundraising initiatives.

The deputy co-ordinator would also help identify local and regional publicity and funding opportunities.

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Sally Steadman, a trustee of the charity who chairs Yorkshire’s voluntary group, said: “With Brexit coming we want to make sure things are as robust as possible and on the flip side of that the thinking behind this new role is about helping to get the charity’s name out in the community more.”

Ms Steadman, who also works as marketing director at Barnsley College, said the role would suit someone who is outgoing, has an understanding and empathy with the farming community and knows about networking.

FCN works closely with other farming help charities and support organisations such as the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

“We have an eye on what’s going on nationally. We are liaising with relevant agencies to understand what is happening. Our role locally is to help provide support and talk to farmers, and that we are there to listen,” Ms Steadman explained.

“We don’t give advice but we can work with relevant agencies to ensure we bring about the right support for people.”

The FCN has a network of more than 400 volunteers across England and Wales, and each year over 6,000 people benefit from the charity’s support.

For more details about the deputy co-ordinator role, call the FCN’s head office on 01788 510866 or email help@fcn.org.uk

The FCN operates a helpline on 0300 0111 999 which is open between 7am and 11pm every day of the year.