Sources of Support & Advice for Farmers

At this difficult time, it is critical that we all look for the support, help and advice we need. The following is a list the Society have collated of the key sources of information and help for our farmers local to Rutland. 

If any farmer needs further help or advice, please contact the RAS Chairman – David Wood at rdavidwood1@gmail.com who will endeavour to put you in touch with an appropriate person or organisation.

NFU   www.nfuonline.com

Probably the best source of advice for farmers. The regional office is in Uppingham: 01572 824250. Alternatively, you can contact the regional adviser Harriet Ranson on 07771 626081.

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. FCN has over 400 volunteers, located throughout England and Wales, many of whom are involved in farming, or have close links with agriculture and therefore have a great understanding of the issues farm workers and farming families regularly face.

Our volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, regardless of whether the issue is personal or business-related. In addition to local groups of volunteers, FCN runs a confidential national helpline (03000 111 999) and e-helpline (help@fcn.org.uk) which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm.

FCN also provides practical and pastoral support to the agricultural community to build resilience and access help at difficult times. Visit our website at www.farmwell.org.uk for a wealth of free information about personal and business resilience, mental and physical wellbeing and successfully managing through change.

We have an active Leicestershire & Rutland group, ready to offer support to farmers and their families locally on farm, through the national helpline or via our weekly presence at melton Market. We would also welcome additional volunteer support or fundraising ideas. For further information contact County Coordinator Andrea on 07866 803798.  Facebook

RABI  www.rabi.org.uk 

A charity offering short and long term financial support. 0808 289490 or info@rabi.org.uk

Yana Project  www.yanahelp.org

A charity offering mental health support for rural areas in certain counties (Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire) with a good website for general information. 0300 3230400 or johoey@yanahelp.org

Addington Fund  www.addingtonfund.org.uk

A charity helping to relocate those who have lost their farming home through no fault of their own. 
01926 620135. Email- through the link on their website.

Farming Help  www.farminghelp.co.uk

The Farming Help Charities: Addington Fund, Farming Community Network (FCN), Forage Aid, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I), and RSABI, supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund – are working together to support the Farming Community during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 0300 111 999 - run by the Farming Community Network (FCN)

Forage Aid  www.forageaid.org.uk

A charity run by a Lincolnshire farm to help livestock farmers who have been affected by adverse weather conditions. info@forageaid.org.uk or 07967 219991

Princes Countryside Fund  www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/

This charitable organisation is not working with individuals or private farm businesses, but is providing emergency funding to farming and rural community support groups. 

Government support  www.gov.uk

There are a number of Government websites detailing the support for the farming community either in general or emergency funding. Further information and direction on Government support /advice should be available from your local county NFU officer or regional office. In addition you might wish to seek advice from your bank or local community or charitable organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau


Forthcoming Events

24th - 25th October Rutland Food, Drink & Craft Festival. Tickets must be bought in advance for timed entry at 11am, 12:30pm or 2pm.

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