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RDP Oral histories project: 'Stories of a Changing Landscape, a Farmer's Perspective'

The aim of the project is to document the heritage and traditions of farming and land-based work in Gower and Rural Swansea, so that our agricultural past and communities are not lost but understood and appreciated by future generations to come.

Stories of a Changing Landscape, a Farmer's Perspective - exhibition, 26 October 2022 - 29 January 2023

The project will explore the successes as well as the challenges and struggles within the sector, touching on topics perceived by many to be difficult to broach. The project will raise awareness about mental health support and take the steps towards normalising conversations around wellbeing. 
 
As a useful resource the project has produced a mental health directory containing useful numbers and information for those working within the farming sector, and who may need support.

Mental health and wellbeing directory (Word doc) [54KB]
 
This piece of work has been developed by Swansea RDP's Local Action Group acknowledging the demanding work involved in the farming and agricultural sector, and recognising that not only does it take a physical toll on those working in the field, but it can place immense strain on some farmers' and land-based workers' mental health. Those in the sector have not always openly recognised this.

The Local Action Group has worked in partnership with The Farming Community Network, The DPJ Foundation, Public Health Wales, Bangor University and RABI to develop a meaning full and relatable commission, to take the steps to support the agriculture and horticulture sector locally with issues associated with poor mental health.
 
For further information on the oral histories project contact rdpleader@swansea.gov.uk or call 01792 636992.

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