The struggle of people living and working in rural Wales will be highlighted at a key Church meeting next month.
Young farmers will talk about increasing isolation, mental health issues and concerns over Brexit in a presentation to the Church’s Governing Body at its meeting in Cardiff on May 1-2.
Members will be asked to support the appointment of rural life advisers in each of the Church’s six dioceses in order to engage with communities and develop outreach to them.
The presentation will be led by the Archdeacon-designate of Cardigan, Eileen Davies, who is a farmer herself and Rural Life Advisor for St Davids Diocese.
She says, “This important motion faces the challenges posed by rural isolation, as 80% of Wales is classified as rural and deep rural. Rural isolation impacts upon the lives of people of all ages. Loneliness is the main cause of deteriorating health, especially mental health. Farmers are working long hours on their own, communities often have no village shop or pub to meet and talk, and the local school has long since closed. The church might be the only point of contact left. We need to address this now, not later.”
Other items on the agenda at the Governing Body meeting include:
• The Presidential Address by the Archbishop of Wales;
• An update on the £10m Evangelism Fund;
• A report on the representation of women in church life;
• A live on-line poll on making church buildings great for mission.
The meeting takes place at Cardiff City Hall. The full agenda and copies of the reports are available online at: