Help at hand for the farming community
A life in farming comes with many uncertainties. From commodity prices to bad weather, it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality.
Many in the farming community struggle in silence to cope with difficulties which are out of their control. Although we recognise the effects of these challenges and the issues faced by farmers, some shy away from putting their hand up for help and support –even when it’s most needed.
The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI)
In addition to the specialist support available from our Agriculture Relationship Managers, help is available from the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI). It supports people emotionally, practically and financially in times of need. The service is available to those from farming, crofting, and growing. This is a comprehensive service to clients who are experiencing difficult times to enable them to move forward.
Emotional support is available through their helpline, case officers and volunteers, all of whom are mental health first aid trained. They listen, keep people safe and access professional support when required. The RSABI helpline is open from 7am to 11pm 365 days of the year and offers a call out service for the lonely and vulnerable.
RSABI can access practical support such as, but not limited to, welfare benefits, business reviews, debt signposting, counselling and mediation services. Their financial support can be monthly payments and/or single grants for essential items including food, heating, counselling, disability aids, funerals, retraining and items for the home. Business costs will be considered to help overcome a short-term crisis.
Please call 0300 111 4166