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ABP is pleased to announce the launch of its new podcast series, Farm Matters. The series will explore and focus on topics that are relevant to life in rural Ireland and will feature a number of key stakeholders including contributors from Macra na Feirme, The Health and Safety Authority, AgriKids, Teagasc, Spun Out and the Irish Country Women’s Association. The podcast will be hosted by Mary Kennedy, one of Ireland’s best known TV and radio presenters and authors.
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This podcast focuses on the important topic of mental health and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on rural life. Contributors to the podcast shared their own personal experiences and knowledge in this area, these included: Jonathan Dwyer from Devilsbit Macra na Feirme in Tipperary, Founder of Make the Moove mental health workshops; Ian Power, CEO of SpunOut.ie; and Carmel Dawson, Public Relations Officer of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). Ian Power discusses the impact of Covid-19 that has resulted in restrictions for young people, in particular a lack of social contact. Research carried out by SpunOut.ie shows that young people in rural Ireland are twice as likely to say that they feel isolated at this time when compared to those in urban areas. He also discusses the work of SpunOut.ie to support the mental health of young people during the pandemic, and his hopes for the future. Jonathan Dwyer was alarmed by the high suicide rate in North Tipperary and Laois, and how this was affecting his own community. As a result, he started the Make the Moove mental health workshops, which looks into the mental health pressures for young people in rural Ireland and the lessons they have learned from examining similar international examples. Carmel Dawson discusses how the pandemic has disrupted people’s lives and the problems it has caused in the form of a lack of services and isolation in her hometown of Tullow in Co. Carlow. She also discusses how the ICA and its Federations have adapted to the restrictions.
This episode is hosted by Mary Kennedy, one of Ireland's best-known TV and radio presenters and authors and is centered on the important issue of farm safety. Guests include Kerrie Leonard, who was the victim of a farming accident; Pat Griffin, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA); and Alma Jordan, Founder of AgriKids. In this episode, Kerrie Leonard from County Meath discusses the life-changing spinal injury she suffered in a farming accident and how it has impacted her life and that of her family. Kerrie strongly believes in promoting the importance of farm safety and the potential dangers, while also operating a working farm area. Since her accident, she has competed internationally in archery, completed a Master's qualification, and is currently working with a technology company.  Pat Griffin from the HSA provides industry statistics on the profile of farmers who are most vulnerable to accidents and discusses what needs to be done to tackle the issue. While agriculture represents just 5% of the working population, it consistently represents approximately 40% of workplace deaths, with children and the elderly having accounted for 75% of fatalities on farms so far this year. Pat also speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on the agriculture sector, as well as the correlation between mental health and farming accidents. AgriKids founder, Alma Jordan highlights the current work that is underway to empower and educate children on farm safety; how it has adapted to Covid-19 by embracing technology to reach an online audience; and plans for the organisation.
Lockdown has taken its toll on our well-being with friends, families and colleagues cut off during the Coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, stay connected during these challenging times with Karen Patterson and guests on the ABP summer podcast.In this episode farmer, David Devine, talks openly with the broadcaster and fellow farmer, Karen Patterson, about his past experience of poor mental health so others can be aware of the signs.Plus, the New Interim Mental Health Champion for NI, Professor Siobhan O’Neill, discusses how she believes the positive community spirit during this pandemic could be harnessed to help us look out for one another as we face a ‘new normal.’ And the Chief Executive of the Charity ‘Rural Support’ explains how their services can help through these challenging times.The Rural Support Helpline Number is: 0800 138 1678 www.ruralsupport.org.uk 
It’s an anxious time for young people who have missed out on so much due to the Coronavirus. From disruption in education to economic turmoil, the former BBC broadcaster & farmer Karen Patterson explores if the Pandemic has produced any positives for young people wanting to study or work in agri-food in Northern Ireland? As families approach exam results time, Join Karen and guests to find out.Who are Karen's guests:Education Adviser for CAFRE Liz SimpsonPart-time beef farmer and Head of Biology at Belfast Royal Academy, Dr Andrew Bell Sixth former and ABP Angus Youth Challenge Outstanding Individual, Lorcan Convery Loughry graduate and now full-time ABP employee Sarah Jane HoustonIf you are a parent or a teacher of a teenager, or a student who has some important choices to make about what to do next, then this podcast is for you.
In Episode 1 ‘Farmer Safety: A Survivor’s Perspective’ the former BBC broadcaster & farmer Karen Patterson explores the physical and emotional consequences of farm accidents in a frank conversation in the run-up to National Farm Safety Week.Who are Karen's guests:Survivors of serious accidents, Ann Doherty from Co. Kilkenny and William Sayers from Co. TyroneThe lead paramedic from the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance whose task it is to attend these tragic scenes Chairman of the Farm Safety Partnership, and beef farmer Harry Sinclair. Join Karen and guests as they discuss their experiences of what is acknowledged to be a dangerous occupation in the hope that others can avoid harm. ABP is a proud affiliate member of the Farm Safety Partnership. Visit http://www.abpfoodgroup.com
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