Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services Limited

Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services Limited

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Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services Limited

UTASS offers a 24/7 advice and support service for people in need with the purpose of 'preventing things from getting to the desperate stage'. This is offered to farmers, their families and the wider community. Because our team of local staff and volunteers (many of whom work in agriculture), understand the problems faced they have been able to build up a high level of trust within the farming community (a traditionally hard to reach section of the population). Ten years on UTASS now offers a holistic approach to community development providing a range of services that tackle stress and depression as well as improving access to health and wellbeing activity, information and advice for the general community and young people in particular. We provide: 24/7 telephone support service for those with urgent needs. Practical support to farmers with completion and submission of complex forms and paperwork. Young People's Drop in facilities 4 evenings a week and during school holidays Provision of C Card (condom distribution) in partnership with the PCT Provision of Chlamydia testing packs and advice Working with GPs, school nurses and other health care professionals on information and health awareness events Working with the PCT during national rural health week taking health services to Durham Dales MARTs offering blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes testing etc General sporting and fitness activities with young people including cricket, football and dance From October 2010 the provision of a community gym Chiropodist services Hosting fitness classes including dance and pilates Social and community events designed to reduce levels of isolation Drop in provision, telephone advice, advocacy, befriending and signposting Production and dissemination of regular briefings consisting of essential information distilled and de-jargonised from Defra, EU etc Hands on Health cookery courses for various groups including mental health service user groups.

Founded 2001