Help & Advice

Rural Charity & Voluntary Organisation

The Farming Community Network (FCN)

Northamptonshire          NN6 7AQ

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. FCN is a network of over 400 volunteers, 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. Volunteers provide free, confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, whether the issues is personal or business-related.

FCN runs a confidential national helpline and e-helpline which is open every day of the year from 7am-11pm. Cases that come through the FCN helpline are usually referred to a local FCN volunteer, who will try and organise a face-to-face meeting with the individual. It is entirely up to them how much support they need or want from FCN.

Volunteers provide support in a number of ways. These can include support with paperwork, building relationships with bank managers, acting as family mediators and even supporting farmers through legal issues. Support is provided to people for as long as it is needed, ’walking with’ them and helping them find a positive way through their problems.

Helpline : 03000 111999 (open 7am-11pm every day of the year)


General Enquiries (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm):

Tel: 01788 510866



Address:  The Farming Community Network, Manor Farm, Guilsborough Road, West Haddon, Northamptonshire, NN6 7AQ

Farm Link

Bristol           BS40 5NU

A classroom in the countryside

FarmLink provides fun and learning through an informative “hands-on” approach to education in a countryside setting.

Annually we provide the opportunity for over 30,000 children to enhance the learning embodied in the core subjects and in a number of the foundation subjects of the National Curriculum at all four Key Stages.

We do this through a number of carefully planned and structured themes and topics delivered in the environment at and around working farms and this will continue after the 2014 restructuring of the National Curriculum.

These programmes are led by experienced farmers, teachers and countrymen and women.

More about FarmLink

At last the vision of every child having the opportunity to have a real understanding of the countryside, its importance and work, is more than just a dream

John Alvis
MD Alvis Brothers Farms

Tele: 01278655071 or 07729851574


Our Offices 4
Yeowood Farm
Iwood Lane
BS40 5NU

telephone:  01934 837284

Rural Charity & Voluntary Organisation

The Farmer Network

Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AH

Who we are:

The Farmer Network Ltd is a not for profit company that provides help and support to farmers and their businesses. Formed in 2005, the company currently has more than 1,000 members between two network’s in Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales. We are a friendly, grassroots farmer’s organisation with an experienced team of people used to dealing with most queries and challenges that today’s farm business can throw up. If we don’t know the answer, we will know the right person who does, through our many corporate members, sponsors and other associates. That is why we encourage all members to contact The Farmer Network as a first port of call. We’re “always here to help”!

What we do:

The Farmer Network Ltd is a unique, independent, a-political organisation that is run by farmers for farmers. We believe that farmers work best when they work together. Created by necessity during times of hardship in the years following the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001, we provide help and support to farmers where it is often most needed giving us strong connections to all farming communities.

We have considerable interaction with Government Agencies, Civil Servants and people of influence within the industry. We also have good interaction with the public as we seek to promote farming and associated benefits to the public. Our membership continues to grow year upon year.

Our Aims

  • To help maintain and develop a viable and sustainable farming community.
  • To maximise rural income via food production and other activity.
  • To help members save on Business Costs.
  • To support, inform and educate.
  • To raise the profile of farming to the general public, government and other interested parties.

Cumbria Connections

The Cumbria Farmer Network has been asked to try to get a farmer-led project that will improve the wildlife habitats of farms in the Ullswater and Bassenthwaite river catchments. The Farmer Network has organised local meetings and formed a steering group of local farmers, plus Natural England and the Cumbria Local Nature Partnership. Helped the group prepare an action plan to sustain farming and the environment. Now seeking funding to implement the plan. Funding for facilitation from Natural England.

Farm & Forestry Network

The Farmer Network is the lead partner with Cumbria Woodlands in a project to develop the Cumbria branch of the Network by encouraging new ways of business networking. We are working closely with Newton Rigg College, involving students in local field trials and knowledge transfer activity. Funding is from the Rural Growth Network.

The Farmer Network Prince’s Trust Scheme

F A programme for young people in Cumbria or the Yorkshire Dales aged 18–30, who are passionate about setting up or developing a farming or farming–related business, but are limited by the resources or opportunities available to them. The scheme comprises a short course on the basics of business planning, support from an experienced farm business adviser and the chance to apply for a low interest loan and training grant, with ongoing support from a volunteer business mentor. Funded by the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Countryside Fund.arm & Forestry Network

Tele: 01768 868615



Rural Charity

RABDF – Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers

Kenilworth      Warwickshire

Working to create a profitable and sustainable dairy farming sector

About Us

Proud past, bright future.

RABDF is the sole UK charity focused on the unique needs of milk producers. We are the only national dairy membership association with the freedom and capacity to lobby. We have unique relationships up and down our whole supply chain, giving us far reaching impact. And we are the only dairy organisation holding a Royal Warrant, with the influence and access to funding that brings. 

Times have changed and like our members, we have been forced to take a long, hard look at our activities. This has meant a switch to areas where we can offer genuine and sustained value – on our own or with others. We believe these changes offer exceptional value to RABDF members. We hope you agree.

RABDF will now focus on four areas and all future activity will fall within this framework:

  1. Influencing and lobbying
  2. Developing young talent
  3. Improving business resilience
  4. Identifying and showcasing ground-breaking innovation

We are committed to influencing and lobbying on the biggest issues.

We know that having your voice heard is sometimes the most important priority. 

We will influence and lobby government and policymakers through our joint secretariat of the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) with Dairy UK, our Royal associations, our new Policy Conference held in association with The Trehane Trust, and our extensive reach into the dairy supply chain.

We believe in developing and nurturing young talent

We will not only encourage and develop the next generation of professional dairy entrepreneurs, but will draw in fresh talent with new ideas from outside the sector. 

2017/18 will see the launch of the Young RABDF Board, which will develop specific offers for dairy industry professionals age 16 to 27. 

Our annual agricultural and vet student awards will continue, and we will work with the National Land Based College, to evolve our dairy-specific education packages for school leavers and entrepreneurs.

We pledge to improve business resilience

A profitable sector needs constructive, collaborative support and membership organisations that work together to deliver efficiency, increase access to resources and improve reputation. 

We organise a range of technical on-farm events with a difference. These are held in conjunction with selected partners such as AHDB and will be evolved to drill down further into the crucial areas affecting profitability. 

Our highly successful Women in Dairy initiative, managed alongside Promar and AHDB, will continue with a growing number of regional groups and the annual Conference each September.

We will identify and showcase ground-breaking innovation

New ideas should not just come from other farmers or dairy sectors in other countries; they should come from completely different industries.

The brand new mind-expanding one day Dairy-Tech event held in February at Stoneleigh will be a concept the dairy industry has not experienced before. It will focus on the science and technology of dairy farming, and the cutting edge tools to support a wide range of systems. 

Dairy House,
Unit 31,
Abbey Park,

Tele: 02476 639 317




R.A.B.I  The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

OX2 0QH         Oxford

Supporting Farming Families

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) is farming’s oldest and largest welfare charity and supports people from the sector in financial need.

Each year, R.A.B.I gives out around £2m in grants across England and Wales to people of all ages, including the sick, elderly and disabled as well as working families. In our experience, farmers generally do not readily seek charity. However, there is no shame in turning to R.A.B.I for help through the bad times. Bad weather, animal disease (especially TB), fluctuating prices affecting cash flow and late subsidy payments are all things that contribute to hardship, but usually it’s not one thing that forces people to turn to R.A.B.I, it’s a combination of factors. And with the best will in the world, it’s impossible to plan for every ‘bolt from the blue’. That is the real reason why R.A.B.I is still around after 157 years, because the only real certainty in farming is uncertainty.

Call the R.A.B.I Freephone Helpline on 0808 281 9490

Helpline: 0808 2819490
General enquiries: 01865 724931
Fax: 01865 202025
General email:
Welfare email : Charity No: 208858
Shaw House
27 West Way


Crime Stoppers

SM6 6BG        Wallington

For over 25 years we have helped people who want to stop crime that hurts them, their family, and their community. Our anonymous service gives them the opportunity to speak out when their personal circumstances could silence them.

We believe that individuals and communities have a right to be safe from crime and the fear of crime. Each of us have a responsibility to create a country where there are fewer victims of crime.

As a charity, we have a unique role that is independent from authorities. Our promise of anonymity really makes a difference to:

  • those who contact us with nowhere else to turn,
  • the victims of crime who see justice being done, and
  • communities being safer places.

Now is the time to build on our achievements, to challenge ourselves and our supporters. We can do more to not just stop criminals – but stop people becoming victims as well.

Our Mission

Through our promise of anonymity, vulnerable individuals and communities can stand up against crime without fear of intimidation or possible retaliation. We aim to:

  • detect, reduce and prevent crime through the provision of information, and
  • give people the information and tools to act against crime.

Our Values

Our values guide the way we work to help the individuals and communities that can be silenced by crime.

These core characteristics explain who we are and how we should be seen by others, from the people who share crime information with us, to our partners and supporters, and with our staff and volunteers.


Above all else, everybody must trust us. They must have full confidence that we will protect their anonymity, manage the information they send us properly and be available to receive their information at all times.


We do not judge our callers. We are apolitical; we do not comment on government policy affecting the police or anybody in the criminal justice sector.


We are known for getting results that make a real difference in the fight against crime, particularly serious crimes that harm people.


We are realistic, but not sensationalists. We ‘tell it like it is’ and our honesty is well-respected. We are not afraid to deal with the real life issues facing the hundreds of people who contact us every day.

Tele: 0800 555 111 Contact us anonymously with information about crime


Crimestoppers Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee,

Registered in England No. 5382856.

Registered Charity No. 1108687 (England) and SCO37960 (Scotland).

Postal address: Crimestoppers Trust, PO Box 324, Wallington SM6 6BG.


AFCP Agri Food Charities Partnership

Bedford          MK43 0GH

The AFCP was registered as a company limited by guarantee in February 2008 and became a registered charity in June 2015. The Board and its Directors and advisors represent a range of charities and organisations from across the UK


Increasing the impact of agri-food charities


To create opportunities to increase knowledge and expertise in the agri-food sector through collaboration and innovation via a network of charities and other funders.

Our Background

There are about 150 charities supporting the agri-food industry. In February 2007 a seminar was held to address the concern expressed by some charities that their activities were becoming less successful in providing effective support for the industry. The seminar strongly supported a formal coordinating role & AFCP was established in 2008.

What are we trying to do?

AFCP’s overall aim is to promote education and research in agriculture and food production by supporting charities that are working in the discipline, to make better use of their funds. Charities that fund research or education are not always as well informed of the wide range of initiatives that exist to support agriculture & food production as they could be. For example there are Government schemes, research council programmes and training courses to which charities may contribute or collaborate with. AFCP has direct links with all of these organisational groups and through discussions with them identifies appropriate areas where charities may usefully contribute or collaborate. Hence AFCP believes that charities can achieve greater effectiveness by appropriate collaborations, either with other charities or other organisations e.g schools, colleges, research organisations.

Who has helped us?

Encouragement and support has been received from a wide range of different organisations for which we are very grateful. In particular we acknowledge the financial support of NFU Mutual to establish AFCP, of AHDB to support the production of the website, of BBSRC to facilitate the links with research and educational prgrammes and HSBC who helped to further develop our support for the charities. In addition we acknowledge generous support from both the Institution of Agricultural Engineers for providing facilities and resources.

With thanks to our supporters

The Bullock Building (Bldg 53)
University Way
MK43 0GH

Tel:+44 (0)1234 750876
Fax:+44 (0)1234 751319


RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)

Birmingham     B15 1RP

RoSPA is a registered charity whose aim is to Save Lives and Reduce Injuries. Created in 1917 in response to an ‘alarming increase in traffic accidents’ in London, today RoSPA provides safety information, advice, resources and training in all areas of life: road, work, home, public health, education, leisure and water.

We have a wealth of freely available information on our website for; parents, drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, which include PdF factsheets and resource guides.

The number of collisions is higher in urban areas, but there is a greater chance of dying on rural roads, with almost 60% of the annual fatalities in the UK occurring on these roads. Young and inexperienced drivers are particularly at risk within their first year of driving. To help young drivers and their families we have some specific information which will help them; prepare for their test, take the test and stay safe once they have passed and become independent drivers

If you have any questions or are seeking specific advice we can be contacted at:

Charity & Voluntary Organisation

Charity supporting people in Scottish Agriculture

RSABI – The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution



RSABI is the charity that supports people involved in Scottish agriculture, whether still working or unable to work due to health and age, and their dependants. We can help emotionally, practically and financially in times of need.

The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution roots go back to 1897. 

We have a helpline available 365 days a year from 7 am to 11 pm

Call RSABI before a problem becomes a crisis.

Tele:    0300 111 4166





Rural Centre,

West Mains,



EH28 8NZ