Last week BBC radio 4’s flagship farming programme focused on rural poverty and RABI were invited to share details of how the farming charity can help.
Increasingly complex issues are faced by many people in the farming sector which are being compounded by the cost-of-living crisis, placing even more financial pressures on our community.
Rural poverty is often a hidden aspect of life in the countryside. RABI’s regional support manager for Devon and Cornwall, Lindsay Derbyshire, was interviewed by Farming Today alongside local beneficiary, Mark Grant to highlight how unexpected challenges can adversely affect anyone in farming and how tough it can be to reach out for support.
Mr Grant previously ran his own business as an agricultural contractor which has been adversely affected by bird flu. Not only has Mr Grant lost his business, he was also on the brink of losing his home.
Following advice from another agricultural organisation, Mr Grant contacted RABI, to ask for help.
Over recent months, Lindsay has been working with Mr Grant to find solutions for the worrying personal financial and practical issues facing him and his family. She has supported Mr Grant in liaising with local authorities and service providers through this difficult time.
You can listen to the interviews on the BBC Sounds website:
If you’ve been affected by any of the issues discussed in the programme please call our confidential helpline on 0800 188 4444.
Support is also available via RABI’s free online wellbeing platform.