About LRSNMission Statement Info
Mission statement: To harness the human and financial resources available to improve social and mental wellbeing of individuals in rural Lincolnshire, in particular, but not exclusively, through the provision of information and support.
We provide a listening ear in times of crisis, anxiety and stress
We serve others
We are committed to delivering a service which is responsive, non-judgemental and confidential and treats all those using it with fairness and equality
We reach out
We maximise opportunities to make our service accessible by offering multiple and varied pathways in line with customer need
We provide a caring and compassionate service to understand, help and advocate on behalf of those in need
We value people
We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person; those whom we serve, our supporters, our donors, our volunteers, our staff and all those we work with
We strive for excellence
We are constantly evolving and developing to build our skills to maintain and improve the service we provide
We are a registered incorporated charity set up in 1999.
What it costs to run LRSN
Once again, LRSN has had an extremely busy and productive year in terms of support for the rural community in Lincolnshire. We have seen an increase in the number of families we have helped from 160 in 2019 to 193 in 2020 and have launched new services too, including our "Click, Book, Chat" online health and wellbeing service.
The summary of our income is available in our Annual Report and below. For the year to March 2021, we produced a surplus of £163,000, which is a substantial increase on last year’s £118,000. This was itself a huge increase on the previous year’s £7,000. In the year before that, it was just £440, so we are in a much more comfortable position. Our income has actually fallen a little during the year, by £17,000.
Good cost control has again been our watchword, however, we have again seen a rise in our overall costs, which are mostly due to changes in staff numbers. We continue to expand the expertise that we bring to the rural population of Lincolnshire, particularly in the field of mental health. Our annual expenses for the year 2020 - 2021 have risen by more than £21,000.
Click here to download our 2020 - 2021 Impact Report
Significantly nearly everyone within LRSN is a volunteer. We currently have 33 volunteers in the roles of Directors, Caseworkers, Helpliners, Healthcare and our Fundraising and Marketing and Events group (formerly known as PIPs).
Patrons: We currently have 7 Patrons including honorary posts fulfilled by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire and the Bishop of Lincoln.
Directors: We currently have 11 Trustee Directors who meet four times a year with an Annual General Meeting in October. Each Trustee Director serves for a period of 3 years before the review of their appointment.
Volunteers: We currently have approximately 23 organised into three main groups - Caseworkers, Helpliners, Marketing, Fundraising and Events
Staff: The Head of Charity manages a team of 6 part-time staff and the volunteers
Working With: Nottinghamshire Rural Support, Lincolnshire Chaplaincy Service, Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Woldmarsh Producers Ltd., Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, NFU, YFC, RABI, Macmillan, Lincolnshire and Rural Community Fund, Louth Livestock Market, Newark Livestock Market, Spalding Auction.
Lincolnshire Rural Support Network,
c/o Lincolnshire Agricultural Society,
"We are pleased to be able to enhance the service that we can provide to the rural community by linking with various organisations, and are very grateful for the support that they provide to LRSN work. Our collaborative partnerships provide a much greater depth to our service at a much better value"
Matt Phillips, Chairman of LRSN
Talk to us on our helpline:
0800 138 1710