Tir Dewi was formed in response to a growing and serious need for someone to help the farmers of West Wales in difficult times. Rev Canon Eileen Davies and Bishop Wyn (now retired) agreed that something had to be offered and Eileen was tasked with establishing Tir Dewi as a helpline, listening service and sign-posting service.
We were given generous funding from two sources:
- The Church in Wales (Dioceses of St David’s) – We will always provide our service with a focus on the Christian ethos with which we were founded. That doesn’t mean that we will only support farmers who are Christians or that all of our volunteers are; we offer our support to all farmers who need it and ask for it.
- Prince’s Countryside Fund – HRH The Prince of Wales is a passionate supporter of the countryside, agricultural and rural communities and established this fund in 2010 to improve the prospects of farms and the quality of rural life.
We are enormously grateful to both of these as well as other supporters and donors.
The service was originally launched in the summer of 2015 and, since then has actively helped around 50 farmers and their families who were, in one way or another at crisis point.
Tir Dewi has now taken its next step in development with the launch of this website, a Freephone number and logo. It has appointed a member of staff to lead development and has a small, but committed team of volunteers ready to lend a hand. Our main focus is on the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.