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Virtual webinars seeking to keep agricultural workers in Wales fit on the farm

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A non-profit community interest group is teaming up with a national mental health charity to offer a series of free online workshops tailored to Welsh farmers to help them stay mentally and physically fit.

RCS, which helps people and businesses in North and West Wales improve health and wellbeing at work, will host four webinars focusing on the challenges facing farm workers and families across the country .

The free bilingual seminars, which take place from July 7 to 13, are organized in collaboration with the DPJ Foundation, a charitable organization that supports members of rural and agricultural communities in their mental health and well-being.

Each session will focus on a particular topic that will help anyone working in agriculture through life’s ups and downs.

RCS has tailored the sessions to be particularly relevant to those working in agriculture and rural communities.

The first workshop on July 7 will focus on raising awareness about menopause and how women and their families can identify symptoms and access effective support in rural communities.

Other events will focus on how farmers can improve their sleep, cope with stress and develop the skills needed to stay mentally and physically fit on the farm.

The head of training at the DPJ Foundation, Kay Helyar, said: “The last few years have been particularly difficult for the entire agricultural sector.

“Farmers face many challenges beyond their control, such as financial pressures from rising fuel, energy and feed costs and animal health issues like tuberculosis and flu. avian.

“Farmers work long hours, 365 days a year, in all weathers and often work alone, so looking after their well-being and continuing to do agricultural work is naturally more difficult.

“These sessions will offer practical advice for maintaining well-being and raising awareness of the support available should people need it, taking into account the specific challenges faced by farmers.

“We are excited to be working with RCS to address this issue through these webinars.”

The webinars, which will be available in Welsh and English and whose recordings will be accessible after the event, will be a first step in how rural communities can support wellbeing through small changes in a simple and straightforward way. .

Claire Lynch, Workplace Wellbeing Consultant at RCS, added: “Farmers are the backbone of the Welsh economy, but what is often overlooked in these communities is the impact that the work can have on emotional health.

“Addressing mental health is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and we have designed these webinars from the ground up to focus solely on serving the Welsh farming community and how best to meet needs in these areas.

“We hope these workshops will provide insight and support on what can practically be done to keep farmers mentally and physically strong, as well as an entry point for those looking to enter the discussion on mental health in the workplace. rural.”

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The four bilingual webinars will take place on:

• July 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., focusing on menopause awareness.

• July 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., focusing on sleep habits.

• July 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., focused on maintaining mental fitness on the farm.

• July 13, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., focusing on stress management.

To register for one of four free webinars, visit: www.eventbrite.com/cc/live-well-farm-strong-bywn-dda-ffermion-gryf-423359.

For more information about RCS, visit: www.rcs-wales.co.uk.

To find out more about the DPJ Foundation, visit: www.thedpjfoundation.co.uk.