Individuals and families

RABI understand the pressures and challenges facing farming people.  Whether the need for support is financial, emotional or practical, we are here to help you find ways to alleviate some of the pressures and overcome some of the challenges you face. 

We can consider the majority of requests for assistance and will work with you to provide a tailor-made approach to each individual situation.

Preventative and reactive assistance is available that meet at least one of the following four broad support objectives:

  • Help at a critical moment

Providing immediate assistance to help individuals rebuild their lives following a crisis, critical moment or trauma

  • Supporting living independently

Supporting individuals to remain engaged and living in their local communities

  • Training and up-skilling

Enhancing an individual’s skills to generate added value and income

  • Mental wellbeing

Empowering individuals to improve their mental health

Following a referral or call to our freephone helpline, you will normally receive a call or visit from a member of our regional support team. We’ll begin by simply listening to you, so that we really understand your situation and what outcomes you would like to achieve to move forwards. 

We will then work with you to put together an action plan to achieve these objectives and outcomes.  Once the action plan is in place, we’ll agree a review timetable, provide financial support where appropriate and coordinate with any other services or support organisations.

Where RABI is requested to provide financial support, we will complete a review of your financial status prior to the award of grant funding.   Where financial support is provided the following are available for award to all applicants (both working and no longer working):

  • Single grant award
  • Series term grant award – a series of grants paid for a period of up to one year.

In both instances, grant awards will be reviewed as per the review timetable, following which further financial support may be considered as required.

RABI is currently also able to offer financial support to facilitate training opportunities to diversify off-farm income.  Please see additional details here.

If you require more detailed information or advice on how to proceed or what options may be available to you, please call our freephone helpline for a confidential chat on 0800 188 4444.

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