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R.A.B.I is a welfare charity which helps farming people in financial difficulty.

R.A.B.I helps working farmers, farmworkers and their families who rely on farming for their main source of income. Help can also be given to retired farmers, farmworkers and their dependants, who have spent at least 10 years in the industry. Help is tailored to individual need. In 2016, around £2m was paid out in grants to around 1,357 families. Welfare officers made more than 1,800 visits and also helped people claim £287k in state benefits and tax credits.  

Why do farming people need help?

Farming is a volatile and unpredictable industry and people can get into difficulty through no fault of their own. Extreme weather, for instance, can be a challenge for many farmers, be it droughts, floods or snow, and it can take many years for losses to be recovered.

Illness, accidents, animal disease, family breakdown or bereavement are some of the other reasons why people turn to R.A.B.I.

What sort of things can we help with?

  • Regular quarterly and annual grants

  • Emergency grants, for example, towards domestic bills

  • Telephone line rentals and TV licences  

  • White goods

  • Disability equipment and adaptations  

  • Relief farm staff if the farmer is ill/has been injured and cannot work

  • Home help costs

  • Food vouchers and hampers  

  • Third party top-ups towards care home fees: R.A.B.I owns and runs two care homes of its own, in Somerset and Suffolk, primarily for people from farming backgrounds. 

How do I apply for help?

All applications for help are made through the charity’s Oxford office. Telephone the Freephone Helpline 0808 281 9490 in complete confidence or see the R.A.B.I website.

How will my claim be assessed?

Applications are usually decided by the grants committee, made up of trustees, who meet approximately every six weeks. In emergencies, applications can be fast-tracked and senior welfare staff can also issue grants so that people are not kept waiting to receive help. The welfare team has been known to turn applications around in as little as a day.

Generally, the basic criteria to access support is that a person has worked in farming in England or Wales for at least 10 years. This can be waived in some cases if the applicant is ill or disabled and has less than £10k in savings.

Even if R.A.B.I cannot provide financial assistance, the welfare team will often direct people towards other organisations and agencies that can offer support and also provide benefits advice.

Read the Turn2us Grants Search R.A.B.I profile

Help in Scotland

If you live in Scotland and have an agricultural background, RSABI may be able to help you.

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Paul and Jane

Paul and Jane

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Robert and Sylvia

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