Help and Advice for Rural Communities

DARD Rural Information and Advice Fair with STEP
DARD Rural Information and Advice Fair with STEP

A Rural Information and Advice Fair is coming to the Mid Ulster tri-council area with three dates planned.

The Rural Advice and Information Fairs aim to increase the accessibility of information to those living in the rural communities in Northern Ireland, particularly on the issues of poverty, welfare and benefit advice, rural support and much more.

STEP will begin with an event held in Clonoe Boxing Club on Tuesday April 8th from 3.00-7.00pm. There are at least twelve support organisations and agencies attending who can answer questions and offer advice.

These include Debt Action NI, Bryson Energy, DOE Road Safety, CWSAN Suicide Prevention Programme and more.

A further two events are planned for Ballyronan and Draperstown covering the Cookstown and Magherafelt Council areas.

Following these larger events there will be smaller advice clinics planned for individuals to access more tailored advice.

Adam Farquhar from STEP believes, “it is important for people to attend the fair as a lack of transport, poor broadband connections and lack of meeting facilities often means that this sector misses the information events that public and support organizations organise.”

STEP particularly identify with the high numbers of Migrant families who are living and working in rural areas, as the language barrier can be an issue with those working in an agricultural background.

This series of events will assist those missing out on information. The Mid Ulster community is encouraged to attend the fair to ensure they are fully informed on rural support.

For more information, including details on transport or to RSVP, please contact Adam on 02887750211 or email