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Support for the farming community

There are 3 charities working together under the umbrella name Farming Help to assist the farming community.

They work in different ways, to provide complementary forms of support for the farming community. The 3 charities are Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.), The Farming Community Network (FCN) and Addington Fund.

Farming Help was formed to publicise the support available to farming people experiencing difficulties.

There is more information on each of the charities below

Farming Community Network

The Farming Community Network (FCN) (external link) provides advice and practical support to farming people during periods of anxiety, stress and problems relating to both the farm household and the farm business. FCN has over 250 volunteers across the country.

For confidential help and advice, phone 03000 111 999. Calls will be answered in person from 7am until 11pm. e-Helpline: chris@fcn.org.uk.

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) (external link) is farming's national charity, operating throughout England and Wales. The central operations are based in Oxford, with regional officers in both the welfare and fundraising departments working at local level. Invaluable support is given by teams of volunteers in each county.

RABI provides funding for eligible farm workers, farm managers and their dependents. Many of those supported are retired people who are struggling to get by on low incomes. Help is also available for people of any age in times of crisis and those who are disabled ranging from young children to people over 100 years old. 

For confidential help and advice, phone 0808 281 9490 or e-mail: grants@rabi.org.uk. This helpline is open from 9am until 5pm. Calls outside these hours are re-directed to the FCN helpline outlined above.

The Addington Fund

The Addington Fund (external link) can help with an emergency grant towards animal feed costs for farmers experiencing difficulties feeding their stock, due to the weather in 2012 and the beginning of 2013. It also runs a Strategic Rural Housing Scheme for those retiring from or leaving a farming business, enabling them to remain in their community, and to leave their farm with dignity.