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A series of talks organised by the farming community network (england & wales) and rural support (northern ireland), aimed at promoting positive mental health. our aim is to inspire members of the farming community who want to change their approach to their business and their personal life.

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About “The Resilient Farmer”

Doug Avery, AKA “The Resilient Farmer”, runs Bonavaree Farm in South Marlborough, New Zealand, along with his wife Wendy. Doug has faced numerous challenges over the years, including spiralling debts, drought and earthquakes, all of which led to him experiencing mental health issues. But in the face of all of that, the farm’s income has increased tenfold in the past 10 years and it is now one of the top performing beef and sheep enterprises in New Zealand. You’ll find the best best online casinos here, you have time to get it!

To help other farmers in a similar position, Doug and Wendy set up a company called “The Resilient Farmer” aimed at promoting and assisting other farmers make a similar journey to a more resilient future. His approach to resilience is to be sustainable across three pillars – financial, environmental and social. Doug documented his experiences in a book, also titled “The Resilient Farmer”, which was New Zealand’s largest publishers’ second best-selling book in its first year of release. He has won several awards for his services to farming, the environment and mental health. He has also embarked on public speaking tours in New Zealand and Australia, as well as a hugely successful sell-out speaking tour of Scotland in 2018. If you have any questions, you can contact Harper Adams University. There you will find the answers.

In partnership with The Farming Community Network (FCN) and Rural Support Northern Ireland, Doug will be returning to the UK from 30th September to 18th October 2019 to give talks throughout England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

2019 tour details

Tickets are available to purchase now through Eventbrite only. To book a place at your nearest venue in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, select from the list below and follow the instructions to make payment.

Tickets are priced at £10 per person and will include a light supper. Proceeds from ticket sales will contribute towards the overall costs of the tour. The remaining balance will kindly be provided by our very generous tour sponsors.

Doors open at the times specified below and the talks will begin approximately one hour after the doors open.

You can also follow the tour on social media by using the hashtag #ShiftHappensTour.

30th September, 6:30pm
East of England Arena & Events Centre, Peterborough

1st October, 6:30pm
Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

2nd October, 6:30pm
Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge, Cornwall

3rd October, 6:30pm
Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

7th October, 7pm
Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

8th October, 7pm
Mourne Country Hotel, Newry, Co. Down

9th October, 7pm
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

10th October, 7pm
Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

15th October, 6:30pm
Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire

16th October, 6:30pm
Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria

17th October, 6:30pm
Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

18th October, 6:30pm
South of England Events Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex


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(england & wales)

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times.

FCN runs a confidential national helpline and e-helpline, which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm, and has approximately 400 volunteers located throughout England and Wales. These volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal, family or business-related.

Many of these volunteers are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farmers and farming families regularly face. Volunteers support people for as long as it is needed, “walking with” them and helping them find a positive way through their problems.

To talk to someone in confidence, call the FCN helpline on 03000 111999 or email help@fcn.org.uk.

Further information about FCN is available at www.fcn.org.uk.


Rural Support is a registered charity which provides support to farmers and their families in Northern Ireland via its freephone helpline.

The organisation provides a range of professional and practical support services and programmes aimed at improving the well-being and resilience of farming families in Northern Ireland through its team of staff, volunteers and farm business mentors who have empathy and significant experience within the agricultural industry.

The service provides free, confidential support on a wide range of issues including; finance and debt, inheritance issues/succession planning, disease outbreak and farm business issues causing stress and worry. Rural Support also delivers the Social Farming Support Service in Northern Ireland (SFSS)(NI).

The Rural Support helpline is available 9am-9pm, Monday – Friday (voicemail & support options available at all other times).

Freephone 0800 138 1678.

Further information about Rural Support is available at www.ruralsupport.org.uk.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities or press enquiries about this tour, please call FCN (England and Wales) on 01788 510866, or Rural Support (Northern Ireland) on 028 8676 0040 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm).