For long-term support, applicants must normally be aged at least 65 and have worked in farming for at least 10 years. Whatever their age, our welfare officers will first check that people are receiving any state benefits they may be entitled to.
As well as regular grants and help with things like fuel costs, we can also help with the cost of replacing essential household items, buy specialist equipment such as stairlifts and mobility scooters, and arrange for household adaptations.
In addition to quarterly and seasonal grants, where appropriate our beneficiaries receive help with the cost of TV licences and telephone rentals. We may also send a gift of a food hamper at Christmas and on birthdays.
Once someone has been accepted as a long-term beneficiary, our welfare officers visit at least once a year to make sure that he or she is getting the right level of support and they are always just a phone call away if more help is needed.