Support for farmers
We know people can face a number of challenges in life. But they don’t have to be faced alone.
There may be times you need help, advice or support with problems, whether they be mental, physical or financial. That’s why we talk to a number of farming charities that offer help and support when you need it most.
The organisations listed below do a fantastic job in supporting the farming community and we encourage you to get in touch with them if ever you need advice or support. Asking for help is the first and most important step.
You can also register for a Mental Health webinar and watch a recording of Doug Avery's Resilient Farmer tour. These aim to raise awareness of mental ill health and its effects, and provide strategies to help improve personal well-being.
The Farming Community Network (FCN)
The FCN is the first port of call for pastoral and practical support for anyone in the farming community, with a particular focus on farmers and farming families. The helpline is available every day of the year, 7am to 11pm.
The YANA Project
The YANA Project provides confidential support, mental health awareness and funding for counselling for those in farming and rural trades in Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire and has compiled, published and funded a directory of regional support groups and key national charities which can specifically help those in the rural communities.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
R.A.B.I offers financial support to farming people of all ages facing hardship. Every application for support is treated on its own merit, working with compassion and discretion.
Support is offered on both a short-term and long-term basis, with many becoming ‘full beneficiaries’ of the charity, receiving ongoing payments.
The Addington Fund
The Addington Fund provides homes for farming families in England and Wales who have to leave the industry through no fault of their own. Hardship grants are also available, at the trustees’ discretion, in times of emergency.
RSABI offers practical and financial support and friendship to more than 600 individuals and their families working on the land in Scotland.
Working with people from a wide range of occupations including farming, crofting and growing, the team works to support anyone who asks for help and is within their scope, in the strictest confidence.
The Resilient Farmer
Doug Avery, AKA ‘The Resilient Farmer’, runs Bonavaree Farm in South Marlborough, New Zealand, along with his wife Wendy.
Doug has faced numerous challenges over the years, including spiralling debts, drought and earthquakes, all of which led to him experiencing mental health issues. But in the face of all of that, the farm’s income has increased tenfold in the past 10 years and it is now one of the top-performing beef and sheep enterprises in New Zealand.
To help other farmers in a similar position, Doug and Wendy set up a company called The Resilient Farmer, aimed at promoting and assisting other farmers make a similar journey to a more resilient future.
In Autumn 2019 Doug undertook a public-speaking tour of the UK to promote positive mental health and inspire members of the farming community who are looking or needing to change their approach to their business and their personal life.
Watch a recording of Doug's talk here.