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The Farming Life Centre

The Farming Life Centre is a vibrant farming charity supporting people living and working across the Peak District National Park.

The charity is based at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell and provides health and business-related information support to the farming and rural community. They run continuous projects to address the often hidden health, social and economic inequalities and deprivation within the upland farming community, which are delivered at outreach locations and from their base in Bakewell.

The underlying ethos of all their initiatives is to improve well-being and resilience by supporting residents of all ages to deal with their challenges in a timely way ‚Äď before they reach a point of crisis.

Services offered

  • Rural social group
  • Rural befriending scheme
  • Macmillima rural health outreach service
  • Walking for heath

Business support

  • Basic bookkeeping advice
  • Grant application trouble-shooting
  • Guidance on livestock record keeping
  • Advice on preparing for audits (for example, Farm Assurance)
  • Targeted workshops & forums
  • Signposting to support agencies

All services are impartial and confidential, and there is no cost to the service users, but they rely heavily on donations to help them to continue to be there for those in need.

If you feel there is anyone who could potentially benefit from any of their services, please do pass on their contact details.

Contact details

Lorna Critchlow MAAT
Rural Resilience & Business Development Coordinator
Agricultural Business Centre
Agricultural Way
Bakewell DE45 1AH

T: 01629 810903

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