Supporting vital services during Coronavirus
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has made donations totalling £739,000 across several national organisations that reach out to the isolated and vulnerable across the UK. The funding will support those experiencing stress or worry, help families facing financial challenges and encourage physical and mental wellbeing in our communities.
The Addington Fund, The Farming Community Network, Forage Aid, the National Emergencies Trust: Coronavirus Appeal, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), RSABI, Rural Support and Samaritans will all benefit from the donations.
It will allow the charities to continue to provide crucial support services, such as: freephone telephone helplines, e-counselling, signposting and outreach and one-off grants to support individuals and families.
Providing opportunities for 30,000 young people
Young farmers’ clubs are one of the UK’s largest rural youth organisations with clubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Young people growing up in the countryside often feel isolated or left behind. The YFCs provide a range of educational, social and development opportunities so that 10 to 26-year-olds from rural communities can broaden their horizons and grow their self-esteem. We’re happy to support their good work.
Introducing a different way of life
Many children from urban areas have never visited the countryside. Farms for City Children gives these young people the opportunity to live and work on a real farm for a week. Last year we helped the charity welcome around 3,000 pupils from across the UK to a world they’d never experienced before.
Helping rural families out of hardship
Farming can be an unpredictable profession that often doesn’t allow those inside it to financially prepare for later life. Farming Help is the umbrella organisation for four charities that help farming families avoid, or deal with, financial need. The charities provide support in a number of ways, from pastoral care and business advice to short and long-term grants, affordable housing, and even training to help develop skills that can bring in an income that doesn’t rely on the farm. Last year the charities collaborated to help more than 3,000 families across the UK.