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Western plains farmers to pamper up and connect to counselling and community this week

6 May 2019

It might have rained but the drought support will not end for Western Plains farmers this week, who will be treated by Uniting Dubbo staff to a two day, Pamper Day event.

The Uniting Pamper Day will be held in Hermidale and will treat male and female farmers to free hairdressing, beautician services, reiki, chair massage, deep tissue and hand massages, yoga and meditation.

One session will run on Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and another session will run on Saturday from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

A dinner hosted by Uniting and supported by Black Dog Institute representative, Craig Semple will take place on the Friday evening.

The event is the third of its kind in the district and one of several initiatives run by the Uniting Dubbo Counselling team to engage with local farmers in a relaxed community environment.

Since 2014, Uniting has continued to offer counselling services to farmers in the region through its Family Options program, originally funded by the Federal Government, Department of Social Services.

Uniting’s dedicated counsellors in the region have built solid community connections and the trust needed to break down the stigma of mental health drought support in the farming community.

Events such as the Pamper Day are an important component of this community outreach, with counsellors available for a chat to connect with the community on the supports available.

The events are also an important opportunity for farmers to connect with each other; as many rely on them to swap stories, exchange farming practices ideas, socialise and take a break from the relentless drought conditions.

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