RSABI have helped many people in Scottish Agriculture in the past.
Here are a few of their stories:
Michael is an agricultural worker with a young family. In March 2017 he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He had to be signed off from work and underwent a bone marrow transplant in September. His employer suggested he contact RSABI. “To be honest I had never heard of RSABI” Michael said. “My income had stopped and RSABI supported me and my family until I was able to get back to work.” Michael is now back at work and said “RSABI took the worry away about how we could manage financially without my income, they made an amazing difference at the time that I needed it. Don’t hesitate to call RSABI if you need help.”
- "RSABI were there when we needed them. They provided much needed help when Dad finally retired and great support after he died. Mum particularly appreciated the phone call - this personal touch meant so much at a difficult time."
- Jack has been a crofter all his working life. His partner had just been released from hospital and he cared for her at home. Although a local authority carer attended it was for a short period of time every day. He was her main carer and could normally manage. With lambing approaching he was not sure where to turn as he could not leave his partner for the time needed for lambing. He had received an RSABI sticker from the Crofting Commission so gave the helpline a call. RSABI went to visit and realised that Jack could not manage the demand of lambing and caring. Jack met the occupational and financial criteria for help and RSABI agreed to supply additional carers during the lambing period. Jack said “Having the extra care there allowed me to concentrate on lambing as I could leave the house for longer periods, as she was not alone. RSABI was a big help and I don’t know how I would have managed without them. I would encourage any crofters going through difficult situations to contact RSABI.”
"Tenant farmers face real challenges, whether still engaged or retired. RSABI do a fantastic job supporting those who have devoted their lives to agriculture and their stock. RSABI are there to offer emotional, practical and financial support when times are hard. Don’t hesitate to give them a call" - Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell, First Minister of Scotland 2001-2007
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Providing emotional, practical and financial support to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector including farming, crofting and growing.
The Rural Centre
West Mains of Ingliston
The helpline is available every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.