Farmers in Ballymena are hard workers and here at Grove Vets with love working alongside them. Whether we are tending to their cattle or helping them with diseases we want local farmers to know that if they ever have any problems or questions then Grove Vets are always there to help them.

Grove Vets works with Farmers in Ballymena

Grove Vets works with Farmers in Ballymena

At Grove Vets we also want to highlight an amazing charity who are there to help farmers if they are struggling with their work or home life. Here is some information from the Rural Support website.

Rural Support was formed as a charity in 2002. At that time, the Foot and Mouth epidemic was having a severe impact on farmers and on the rural community as a whole. There was evidence of distress within the rural community and the need for a support service was identified.

The organisation provides this support through a helpline which offers a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families. Callers to the helpline are of all ages and backgrounds and come from every part of Northern Ireland.

Rural Support provides a listening and signposting service for farmers and rural families across Northern Ireland through its helpline.  We can also provide face to face support, help you source information and advice about a wide range of issues.

Everyone’s circumstances are different.  We will take time to listen carefully to your concerns and needs and we will work with you to find the best way ahead.

Help with family issues

Changing family circumstances such as relationship breakups or bereavement, planning for the future, whether it be making a will or considering retirement, can cause worry and stress.  Having someone to talk to outside of the family can help.

Help with health issues

Isolation, loneliness and lack of access to services can lead to feelings of stress and depression.  Our volunteers understand the challenges and issues facing farmers and rural dwellers.  They have experience in helping individuals deal with various issues and providing support in making difficult decisions.

When you contact us we will:

Listen / Not judge / Keep information confidential / Only do what you want us to do / Agree the next steps with you.

We can support you by:

Listening / Visiting / Accompanying / Helping you find advice / Explaining / Mentoring.

All calls are confidential and the helpline operates from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week (voicemail and support options available at all other times).

Helpline : 0845 606 7 607 (The number is charged at local rate from BT landlines although other providers and mobile operators may charge more. We are happy to call you back if you are concerned about the cost of the call.)

Our volunteers understand the challenges and issues facing farmers and rural dwellers.  They have experience in helping individuals deal with various issues and providing support in making difficult decisions.

For more information please click here. Please share this information with any farmers or farm workers who will benefit from it.