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What a difference a week makes

A week ago we were preparing for the coronavirus shut down not really realising the effects it would have on all our lives, both personal and in our work. For the gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies the situation has changed immeasurably.  Whilst we still live in beautiful places, where we can isolate quite comfortably for the […]

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Personal Message to everyone in the Gamekeeping Community

To all gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, past present and future and their families These are uncertain times for everyone but we are fortunate at least to live where we do, with our shoots and estates where we can continue our work with little effects in restrictions around the home at least. We are encouraged to see […]

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11th December 2019

ON election day and approaching a time of giving perhaps it is time to take stock and consider how fortunate we are, even in these testing times.  The resilience of gamekeepers in the face of multiple challenges is amazing, just getting about this autumn has been difficult enough.  To hear and see the sheer ignorance […]

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What we do

The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust today offers four main areas of help for gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies and their dependants and these are as follows:-

 1.  Support in terms of a listening and visiting service which incorporates any area of anxiety and concern and includes retirement, ill health, redundancy, legal problems, employment etc

2.  Financial Grants  for two main areas of support –

a. for those in ill health or in financial difficulty within the household

b.  Young people wishing to make gamekeeping their career

3.  Housing.  The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust provides assistance for housing difficulties through providing information and signposting to professional expertise as appropriate. For those who have rented accommodation in retirement or redundancy situations, provision is available for those eligible to provide – grants for top up rents, deposits and other essentials

4.  Provide an employment register aiming to assist those who wish to source a position as a gamekeeper, stalker or ghillie and any associated assistance i.e. c.v.s, job descriptions, contracts, and placements for apprentices

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Firearms and Mental Health from Police Scotland

Firearms and Mental Health Introduction EVERYONE’S mental health is important and at some point, in all our lives the majority of us will be affected by circumstances or feelings that can impact negatively on us. It is important that members of the shooting community, as well as their family, friends and colleagues, understand that it’s […]

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New message from Police Scotland regarding shotgun and firearms licensing during the Corona Virus Crisis

NFEL – Coronavirus response The current unprecedented circumstances in respect of the Coronavirus has impacted on the ability of Police Scotland to deliver a number of business as usual functions.  It is necessary that we have as many officers as possible available to front line operational policing and support our colleagues in the NHS. As […]

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