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RSABI Helping Rural Communities

Post in Community by Lucy Beattie
The RSABI provides emotional, practical and financial support to rural individuals and their families. Community info stand 6pm 1st November at Garve village hall.

Kerry MacLennan is the local case officer for the RSABI, Kerry is hosting a community information stall prior to the Garve and District Development Company AGM along with other local groups such as Broadband, Energy and the Garve and District Community Council.  Kerry may well be known to some in the district as she comes from Wester-Ross and has been involved in crofting all her life.  She works for RSABI as a case officer and is able to offer information and practical support for anyone who my need help.

Here are some some stories where RSABI has helped families and individuals.

Help for heating

The RSABI was founded in 1897 and offers financial and practical support and friendship to over 600 individuals and their families across a range of occupations with the common theme of working on the land in Scotland.

RSABI provides:

  • Financial Assistance to people who meet our occupational and financial criteria
  • Business Reviews - for farmers/crofters struggling to mangage due to trading or personal difficulties 
  • 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.
  • Energy - RSABI will discuss your energy costs and make referrals to The Energy Savings Trust if appropriate. We also provide Help for Heating grants of £300 – the aim being to alleviate the effect of fuel poverty
  • Budgeting - RSABI will help by looking at financial circumstances, maximising income and making suggestions on how to manage your money better.
  • Information on help available from other charities
  • Home visits by an experienced Case Officer as part of the initial assessment process and to provide ongoing support to our beneficiaries
  • Support through key life events such as bereavement, serious illness, redundancy and retirement

RSABI Helpline - 0300 111 4166. The helpline is available every day of the year from 7am to 11pm.