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Recent Initiatives

Supporting community projects and services

The Trust provides charities with grants to support the running costs of various projects and services.

In the last ten years the Charitable Trust has donated almost £3m to fund education and social welfare projects in towns and villages across the UK.

Here are some examples of who we're helping right now:

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.

Being a member of the YFCU has allowed me to build my skill set and boost my confidence. This has given me many opportunities, including making me more employable.
Stephanie McCollam
Lylehill YFCU

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.

Some of the children we took have very chaotic and difficult lives. So many live in flats where space is confined. This experience was enriching in ways we didn’t expect. They gained so much.
Glynis Cobb
Teacher, London

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.

Remember you’re not alone. There are some fantastic people out there who want to help. One phone call and I slept that night. Just be brave enough to pick up the phone and make the first step.
David Jones
Supported by Farming Help