A group of volunteers from Somerset Young Farmers created a 'Pop-up Public Living Room' as part of a mental health project to encourage people to chat.

Having recently completed Mental Health First Aid training with New Leaf, 15 Somerset young farmers became Mental Health First Aiders, and decided they wanted to show support and do some good within their farming community.

At J24’s Sedgemoor Market in Bridgwater last weekend, the group worked with mental health professional Becky Wright from New Leaf Life Design to transform the space, ready to welcome anyone and everyone for a catch-up.

Becky Wright from New Leaf Life Design said: “We set up the first Farmerados Public Pop-up Living Room at J24. The space is supportive, somewhere you can come alongside each other, no fixing, no agenda, relax, chat and look out for each other.

“When we go through hard times we often forget the two most essential things: Friends and Purpose. You get both when you look out for someone - a connection and a real sense of purpose, and you get away from your own problems for a bit too."

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The 'Farmerados' at their 'Pop-up Living Room'. Picture: Aisling Magill Photography

The Somerset YFC group are calling themselves 'Farmerados', as they are using the principles of the Camerados global movement, who believe that the best way through tough times is to look out for each other.

A 'Farmerado' is halfway between being a stranger and a friend on the farm – someone who is there for a chat, with no judgements, no fixing, but a supportive somebody who is just there to be alongside.

The Pop-up Living Room came in a box – provided by the Camerados, and passers-by were welcomed to just have a chat and a piece of one of the fabulous cakes.

A spokesperson from the group of Somerset YFC volunteers said: “We had a brilliant start to the Farmerados project. Thanks to all who helped and especially Becky Wright, for the inspiration.”

For more information about the Farmerados project and mental health training, contact Becky Wright at New Leaf Life Design: becky@newleaf.uk.com