The Farming Life Centre is here to help Peak District farmers and rural residents at times of difficulty by providing information and support:

For those affected by Stress

Rural Stress Help line  – 0845 095 8286

YANA ( you are not alone )  – 0300 323 0400


For rural people affected by ill-health and long term conditions

The Macmillan Rural Health Outreach Service is here for you and for your carers, family and friends.  It is coordinated by Rachel Metcalfe .  You can talk in confidence to Rachel , who is there to listen to your worries and concerns.  Many people find that by simply talking through their situation they are able to discover new and better ways of coping.

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For Exercise

Walking for Health Group ,  click for links

Matlock Meadows walk  – July


For those in the Chapel area please be aware of the weekly walk on Mondays Blythe House walk click link for details.

To relieve Social Isolation  

Rural Social Groups

Our Social Groups for rural communities   for tea and chat , lunch clubs and speakers

Ashford in the Water  at the War Memorial Insitute Group – meets weekly on Wednesdays 1 – 3 pm 

Bamford  – meets monthly  Fridays Methodist Church 1.30 – 3 pm

 Boylestone –  based at primitive Methodist church  meets monthly on Thursdays

Hartington – based in the village Hall meets monthly on Tuesdays 2 – 4 pm


For Health at work

We are delighted to be involved with:

Healthy Workplaces Derbyshire Programme

A new and innovative service that aims to provide workplaces across Derbyshire with the tools and information to create a healthy workplace.

The programme can help your workplace to become more productive, healthier, and safe and create a happier workforce.

Healthy Workplaces Derbyshire is a free health and wellbeing programme that is tailored to your organisation’s specific needs and requirements. Support and guidance is provided to take steps to improving the health and wellbeing of your farm business and staff.

Rachel Metcalfe is our Workplace Health Champions she  will work to raise awareness about your  Farm workplace health programme as well as encourage colleagues to make small lifestyle changes that can add up to a big difference in their health and wellbeing

Farmers Health MOT DAY at Bakewell  – 15th October


Slurry gases – keeping safe on your farm – with Dr Amy Gyte  (HSE)  date TBA


August 2018 – saw the Farm Fire Safety Day at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre – a busy day at market found us super busy sharing fire safety messages with colleagues from Derbyshire Fire Rescue Service   they can provide safe and well checks for over 65s

Preventing falls on the farm

Falls from height are the second highest cause of deaths and major injuries in agriculture. You must make sure that all work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by people who are competent to do the job. You should only use suitable and well-maintained access equipment.

The key issues are:

  • working on roofs – roof work on or near fragile materials should be avoided. You should also plan to ensure the right equipment, suitable weather conditions and enough time are available to do the task safely
  • stacking and loading – a falling stack of bales can be extremely dangerous. You should make sure that staff are properly trained and adequate equipment is used to secure bales while stacking
  • ladders – these can easily slip, and there is an extra danger if they lean against a fragile surface. If there is any alternative, such as a temporary work platform or scaffolding, consider using it. You should never undertake long-term planned work at height using ladders


As part of our Healthy work space initiative we invite you to read the following links :

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm   scanning

05 65+ men poster October 2015 Derbyshire