In 2015, we gave out grants of £1.9m across England and Wales to 1,340 individuals and families, but in some counties we are struggling to make contact with farmers who are suffering financial hardship.
This is the case in Worcestershire where we were only able to help with 26 cases during 2015, paying out just over £29k. By comparison, more than £92k was paid out to farming people in Shropshire during the same period.
R.A.B.I assists people who have suffered accidents or ill-health or whose livelihoods are threatened by things such as flooding or diseased animals. Help is generally tailored to individual need with the charity’s team of welfare officers making around 1,800 visits each year. R.A.B.I helps working farmers, farmworkers and their families who rely on farming for their main source of income and retired farmers, farmworkers and their dependants.
Becky Davies, R.A.B.I regional manager for the West Midlands, pictured above, said: “In small communities, people can be reluctant to ask for help and there’s often a determination to manage on your own. Last year, we only assisted two working farmers in Worcestershire, giving out just £642. To put that in context, we have paid out £79,000 in the past two months to flood victims in Cumbria, Lancashire, Durham and Wales.
“R.A.B.I exists to get farming people through the tough times, when they’ve nothing else to fall back on, so they can carry on doing what they love. We work in complete confidence and all enquiries are treated with compassion and discretion. Today, many people in the farming world continue to struggle through no fault of their own – which means the work of R.A.B.I is just as relevant as it ever was. Many people are surprised when they discover exactly how much help R.A.B.I can offer and the diverse ways in which this support is provided.”
To apply for financial help from R.A.B.I please call the Freephone confidential helpline 0808 281 9490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.