June 5, 2015

New Helpline for Farmers Launched

The rural charity RSABI has launched a new telephone helpline to help and support those in farming, and other land-based industries, and their dependants.

The charity, which provides financial assistance to those who have relied on the land, says the new helpline will provide a single point of inquiry for those in need.

The helpline – 0300 111 4166 – will be open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm thanks to help from another rural charity – the Farm Community Network.

RSABI says the helpline will be able to handle everything from questions about the benefits system and sources of help on farming issues, to delivering support on personal matters including money troubles and emotional distress.

The charity’s chief executive Nina Clancy said: “RSABI’s new, single helpline 0300 111 4166 is for anyone, whatever their age or circumstances, who has worked on Scotland’s land and needs a helping hand. Just ask, we do more than you think.

“Every year, we work with hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, working or retired, as well as their dependants, who have questions about what they might be entitled to or find they are struggling to cope for some reason.

“We deal with a much wider range of problems than you might think, including the benefits system, mental health issues, business and financial trouble. If we cannot help directly, we will know someone who can.