RSABI is a unique Scottish charity dedicated to the relief of hardship and poverty amongst people who have depended for their livelihoods on the land.
In 2011/2012 RSABI provided financial assistance to 566 individuals in 479 homes across Scotland, a total of more than £380,000 of support.
Regular ongoing financial support to older people and to those of any age who are no longer able to work to assist with general living costs to ensure an adequate standard of living. RSABI makes twice–yearly payments which are weighted towards those with the most limited income and savings and we also provide additional help for TV Licences, heating, essential appliances and furnishings and at Christmas.
One-off grants for specific, essential items that applicants are unable to afford themselves, such as:-
Financial help with general household expenses through times of crisis. This can be provided by way of direct help, payments to suppliers (e.g. for heating oil) and/or supermarket shopping vouchers.
One-off grants towards the cost of skill training and/or accreditation where this can alleviate hardship.
Grants to individuals in special circumstances from RSABI’s Centenary Fund, where a significant improvement in their quality of life, or that of their carers, can be achieved.
RSABI cannot provide financial help for business expenses and does not provide financial help to repay loans, overdrafts or credit facilities or to set up any debt arrangement.
RSABI strives to find the best solution to whatever problems are being faced. If we can’t directly provide the advice needed, we generally know someone who can.
Advice on Benefits – what you are entitled to, how to apply and help with completing complicated forms. RSABI makes sure that people that we help receive all Benefits that they are entitled to and that all statutory sources of funding have been tried.
Home visits by an experienced Welfare Officer as part of the initial assessment process and to provide ongoing support and friendship to our beneficiaries.
Information on help available from other charities.
Support through key life events such as bereavement, serious illness, redundancy and retirement.
When you are going through a difficult time, RSABI is here to help.