Help for the Farming Community affected by the July flooding in Yorkshire.
We know there has been a great local response to the recent flooding disaster. You may already have contacted a membership organisation (Dales Farmer Network, CLA, NFU or TFA) but the following contacts may be able to provide you with some additional practical or financial assistance. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help, whether it’s now or further down the line.
Farming Community Network (FCN)
Practical help from farming people
FCN Helpline 03000 111999
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
Confidential help and support for all farming families and workers facing hardship
RABI Freephone Helpline 0808 2819490
The Addington Fund
You may have read that The Prince’s Countryside Fund has given £50,000 to help with the flood response in Yorkshire, which will be administered through The Addington Fund. Addington has a further £17k if needed, ring-fenced for Yorkshire. A simple form has been created to complete on the Addington website.
T: 01926 620135
Telephone: 07967 219991
The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has allocated £50,000 to support small and micro businesses with the clean-up and to resume trading as soon as possible.
The Two Ridings Community Foundation (TRCF)
Following devastating flash flooding across parts of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale, and Wensleydale, Two Ridings Community Foundation got a major boost to its fundraising efforts to assist families affected by the floods when it received a donation from The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund. The donation to The Swaledale and Wensleydale Recovery Fund, which is being managed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation, will be used to ensure that the families and small businesses affected have long-term support to help them recover from the effects of flooding. Immediate payments of £300 will be paid to residents to help them with the costs of temporary accommodation, running dehumidifiers or replacing items such as white goods and essential furniture. Contact the office in York:
At the time of writing there has been no formal announcement from DEFRA about how a £2m fund can be accessed but lookout for this information in the farming press or through your local membership organisations and The Farming Help Charities.
If you need to talk to someone in confidence outside your family or friendship group, consider making a call to people who are ready to listen.
Samaritans Freephone 116 123 – confidential emotional support 24 hours a day.
Mind Advice and Support 0300 1233393 (weekdays 9 am to 6 pm)
Written by Kate Dale
Yorkshire Rural Support Network Coordinator