In the first eight months of 2015, R.A.B.I gave out grants of more than 1.2 million pounds and helped 1,198 people.
From the letters of thanks we have received, we know how big a difference we make to the people we support.
Every day, up and down the country, our regional welfare officers visit people in the farming community who are suffering financially due to factors such as ill health, accident, or family bereavement.
R.A.B.I is committed to confidentiality, and the extracts we have used from the cards, notes and letters, above, have been altered to protect the identity of our beneficiaries.
Whether it’s short-term help to enable someone to get back on their feet after a crisis, or a long-term commitment to pay a retired or disabled person a regular grant, we know how grateful people are.
Support is tailored to individual circumstances and will usually begin by helping people claim the state benefits to which they are entitled but for various reasons may not be claiming. In this way, our welfare officers help farming families to recover around £400,000 in previously unclaimed benefits every year. Find out how to apply for help here.
Helping people to help themselves is another part of our work and the Gateway Project is a funding scheme designed to help farming people, who are struggling financially, to learn new skills or develop their existing skills. With the ability to earn extra money off-farm and increase their income, we can help people on the way to becoming financially independent again.
In addition to the cost of running our residential care homes and providing welfare support, we pay out around £2 million a year in grants. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to be able to provide help to farming people when it is needed most, if you can donate, click here.