The following charities have teamed up to create a singular hotline, called Farming Help. The website states: “Struggling to get by and not sure where to turn? Times can get hard for everyone but the good news is that farmers can reach three farming charities, with just ONE CALL.”
The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families who have to leave their farm and by doing so will lose their home.
In times of emergency, and where hardship prevails, Addington may be able to support a farm business through its Trustees’ Discretionary Fund with a short term grant.
In certain counties the Fund may be able to accommodate farm workers through its Affordable Rural Housing Scheme.
Farming Community Network
The Farming Community Network is a UK network of volunteers from the farming community and rural churches.
FCN provides a Helpline and a visiting service to farming people and families who are facing difficulties.
FCN’s volunteers provide pastoral and practical support for as long as it is needed, helping people to find a positive way through their problems. Callers to the Helpline who need FCN support are put in touch with a local volunteer.
A farmers wife from Devon said about FCN: “I never realised what help was available until FCN listened to my problems and signposted me to the support I needed. I only wish I’d called sooner.”
R.A.B.I is a grant-making charity that provides confidential help to retired and working farming people in financial difficulty.
Support covers all ages and is tailored to the individual, including one-off and regular grants, replacing essential household items, funding for disability equipment, care home fees, relief farm staff and training grants to help people develop skills to bring in off-farm income.
A farming family from Yorkshire said about R.A.B.I.: “A big thank you to the Addington Fund and R.A.B.I for helping us with our housing and financial problems. One call made all the difference and gave us hope.”