About us

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – RABI – are a national charity that provides local support to the farming community across England and Wales.   Established in 1860, we have been offering guidance, financial support and practical care to farming people of all ages for generations.

Confidential support is available to those who currently work within agriculture and also to those who are no longer able to work due to ill-health, accident or age.   Support is tailored to each applicant and initial advice can be accessed via the RABI freephone helpline 0808 281 9490 or through referral.

As RABI continues to evolve and develop its future service delivery programmes and partnerships, we continue to fulfil our charitable objects as a grant making charity.

A range of grant support programmes are available to individuals, including enduring and single grant awards.  We also award funding to other not-for-profit organisations to support activities that fulfil our charitable objectives.  Further details of our grant programmes can be accessed here or if you would like to speak to one of our team, please call our freephone helpline on 0808 291 9490.

RABI’s recently launched online wellbeing platform offers free, anonymous farmer focussed resources to adults and young farming people.  These resources are available 24/7 and in addition to the farmer focussed articles and discussion boards, users can access one-to-one counselling from BACP qualified counsellors.  For more information or to access the site please click here.

Our farming communities are facing increasingly complex challenges and pressures. We believe RABI has a crucial role to play now and in the future, to support the wellbeing of farming people. 

To ensure RABI can continue to maximise the impact of our support, we launched an ambitious strategy in 2019 that looks ahead and sets out a clear vision to provide even more effective support to the farming community. More details regarding the 2019 strategy and a copy of the strategy document can be accessed here.


When life is tough

Caroline Harrison and Frank Badger

Behind the scenes

Staff from R.A.B.I