Thursday, 05 October 2023 07:55

Young farmers, RST join forces

Written by  Staff Reporters
New Zealand Young Farmers chief executive Lynda Coppersmith. New Zealand Young Farmers chief executive Lynda Coppersmith.

Rural Support Trust (RST) and New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) have agreed to work together in supporting rural communities.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed recently commits both organisations to work together to leverage their respective strengths and expertise.

In a statement, the organisations said the partnership has several objectives:

  • Increased awareness: The partnership aims to raise awareness of the existence and services provided by both parties, to ensure that young individuals working and training in the sector know about the resources available to them for maintaining good mental health.
  • Improved connections: One of the primary goals of the MOU is to improve the connections between young people in the industry and the support they need for positive mental health outcomes. By fostering stronger relationships and networks, both organisations aim to create a supportive environment where young people can thrive.
  • Enhanced access to support: This includes providing resources and guidance to those who may be struggling and facilitating referrals to the right professional support, ensuring they receive he help they need promptly.
  • Strengthening rural communities: By focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the food and fibre sector, NZYF and RST hope to create resilient and supportive communities that contribute to the overall wellbeing of their members.

The organisations say this MOU marks a significant step forward in addressing the mental health challenges faced by young people in the agriculture and rural sectors. Both organisations are “deeply committed to the well-being of young individuals in these industries and recognise the importance of working together to achieve positive outcomes”.

NZYF chief executive Lynda Coppersmith believes that by combining efforts with Rural Support Trust they can make a meaningful impact on the lives of young people working and training in the food and fibre sector.

“This collaboration aligns perfectly with our mission to support and empower the next generation.”

RST’s general manager Maria Shanks says they are delighted to partner with New Zealand Young Farmers in this important endeavour.

“Our shared commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing in rural communities makes this partnership a natural fit, and we look forward to the positive outcomes it will bring.”

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