The Farming Life Centre is here to help Peak District farmers and rural residents at times of difficulty by providing information and support.  There is lots of information on our Health and Wellbeing signposting page covering a range of health related issues.

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.

Please clink here for more information about this programme of support.

Walking for Health Group

If you’re looking to increase your levels of physical activity our Walking for Health Group might be for you!  To find out more simply click here!

Rural Social Groups

Our regular Rural Social Groups are a brilliant remedy to help relieve Social Isolation.  They take place regularly at locations throughout the Peak District.  Click here to find out more.

Health at work

We are delighted to be involved with the 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 will be returning to the Bakewell Agricultural Centre in Spring 2022*

Farm Fire Safety Day at Bakewell

During our Farm Fire Safety Day at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre we had a busy day at market sharing fire safety messages with support from colleagues at the Derbyshire Fire Rescue Service.  They are also available to provide safe and well checks for over 65s on request.

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 :

05 65+ men poster October 2015 Derbyshire