The Cobram Courier

Time for a tea break

- By Jamie Salter nicole.wells@ncnhealth.org.au

Rural women across the region are invited to take a well deserved break and enjoy NCN Health’s farming women’s morning tea.

The morning tea is a chance for farming women to enjoy a free coffee and cake while expanding their support network.

NCN Health community developmen­t officer Nicole Wells entered her new role about six months ago and has been working to assist rural women.

‘‘This is something I’ve been doing for a few years volunteeri­ng in the community with lots of different hats on, I knew what needed to be done in this role but now it’s with a lot more support from NCN Health,’’ she said.

The morning tea started in December and is open to all farming women and women working in rural agencies.

‘‘It’s about making sure they have the time for social connection and become familiar with the people who are there to support them, so they’re not isolated and know who to turn to,’’ Ms Wells said.

‘‘At the next event we’re going to have rural financial counsellor who would love to meet the women and offer advice if needed.

‘‘There’s also going to be a family violence counsellor from Primary Care Connect in Shepparton.’’

Attendance will be limited to 20 people at the next morning tea due to coronaviru­s restrictio­ns.

‘‘We try to hold it once a month but it’s a bit up in the air because of COVID-19,’’ Ms Wells said.

She said the goal of the event was to break down the stigma around asking for help.

‘‘We’d love for women to feel more comfortabl­e to seek support by building connection­s.’’

Ms Wells encouraged rural women of all ages to come along to the morning tea.

‘‘People who work on farms are quite isolated but COVID-19 isolated them just that little bit more, so the times they did rarely have a break, they couldn’t do that anymore.’’

The morning tea is on Tuesday, March 9, at Cafe 3642, Strathmert­on, at 10.30 am. To RSVP, phone Ms Wells on 5862 0556 or

 ??  ?? Tea time: NCN Health counsellor Bec I’Anson and community developmen­t officer Nicole Wells are preparing for the farming women’s morning tea.
Tea time: NCN Health counsellor Bec I’Anson and community developmen­t officer Nicole Wells are preparing for the farming women’s morning tea.

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