The RABI ‘return to school’ grant has seen unprecedented demand during the first half of the campaign, with take-up of the offer in July at four times the expected level.
“With the current financial pressures impacting on all of us, we know that farming people are having to make unacceptable choices,” explains Caron Whaley, director of services at RABI. “Our trustees had already committed £1 million to the campaign, however with the level of uptake having surpassed our expectations, I am extremely grateful to them for approving an additional £500,000 to support the campaign,” she continues.
“It was anticipated the campaign would run until the end of August, however following the positive response, applications for the ‘return to school’ grants will close once the additional £500,000 has been allocated,” she adds.
“This campaign has introduced RABI and the support we can provide to lots of new people and we hope will continue to break down some of the invisible barriers that makes reaching out feel like a weakness rather than a strength,” she continues.
“We encourage any farming people who are facing financial or any other pressures to pick up the phone and talk to us. Our free, confidential helpline is available 24/7 on 0800 188 4444.”
We have now closed the application window. We still encourage farming people facing financial and emotional challenges to contact us on our confidential helpline to see if we can provide support in other ways.