Issue 1 - February 2024


Welcome to the first online newsletter for RABI volunteers.

We’ve created this bi-monthly digital update in response to your feedback for more current information on what’s happening across RABI, as well as to provide more opportunities for you to get involved. 

If you have any feedback or stories you’d like to share with us, please get in touch at volunteering@rabi.org.uk

We hope you enjoy the read. 


Listening to you - Volunteer Survey 2023

Thanks to everyone who responded to our first volunteer survey for 6 years.  We received 190 responses which is a fantastic effort. Whilst there was much to celebrate, it has also shone a light on a few areas for improvement, such as communications with volunteers, training and recruitment.

For more on the headlines and next steps please click here.


Volunteer Voice - get involved!

Off the back of the survey, we are setting up a new Volunteer Voice group. This group will bring together staff and 5 to 6 volunteers to talk through ideas and developments to support volunteering across RABI. It will be light touch, mostly online and a great opportunity to meet and work with volunteers across RABI. All interested volunteers should apply by Friday 23 February.

Find out more on Volunteer Voice by clicking here.


News Headlines

We had a significant publicity boost through the support of Kaleb Cooper and his RABI charity single – ‘I Can’t Stand Sheep'. Following the single's release on 18 January, the news reached over 4 million people – in no small part down to the global presence Kaleb has on social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Our awareness and recognition with farming people - especially young farmers - has been hugely elevated by the partnership and saw RABI's mental wellbeing support positively mentioned on national news and radio channels across the UK. The combined print, radio and online news coverage received by the single's release is the highest in RABI's history.

22 January saw the launch of our £250,000 Winter Fuel Grant campaign. Coming off the back of extremely cold weather and the reduction of government support in this area, this much-needed grant saw unprecedented levels of demand and the application window is now closed. All applicants who received a Winter Fuel Grant unique ID number from RABI will receive an outcome by the end of March.  


Our recent Christmas appeal was a notable success, raising over £100,000. Thank you to everyone involved, particularly those who also supported the Big Give at the start of December.  

Farmers Weekly has also recently launched its charity calendar photo competition. Twelve winning images will feature in a 2025 calendar and all proceeds will be split equally between RABI and RSABI. Find out more here: Charity Photo Competition.



Events 2024

The start of the year is busy with planning for the year ahead. Please take a look at the events already listed on our website. Where possible please try hook into external campaigns such as Great British Beef Week (April 2024) - plus think about reaching new audiences through different types of events. We are here to offer any support we can.


Volunteer clothing

Each committee has hopefully identified a lead to co-ordinate orders for volunteer clothing (polos and gilets). The sooner we have the orders the sooner we can work with the supplier to distribute the kit.

The deadline for first orders is Wednesday 28 February 2024.

All order forms and any questions you have should be sent to volunteering@rabi.org.uk.