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The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust – here for keepers and their families – always has and always will

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust has always “been there for gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies” quietly supporting families who are struggling, and individuals who are going through difficult times. The report commissioned by the Scottish Government with participants from members of the SGA, SLE & BASC, which has a substantial section focussed on gamekeepers jobs and lives […]

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Autumn leaves

I would like to begin this blog by sending huge congratulations to Alex Hogg on the absolutely fantastic news of the award of an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours. I cannot think of anyone who deserves this more, giving so much for so long to The Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, to Gamekeeping as a whole […]

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August – heather and host

July went out with a heat wave and August came in with the eagerly awaited heather bloom to follow.  Our “glorious grouse” have encountered different and varying difficulties from predation (increasing), to a reduction in nutrition where heather beetle has taken a hold and particularly dry conditions early on in some places too.  Upland keepers […]

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Success stories

“Much of the work of the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust goes unnoticed by most of the NGO membership, so I would like to express my thanks to the charity in providing my daughter Georgina a trike at the early part of the year.

Georgina has hemi-plegia cerebral palsy which makes mobility an issue for her much of the time and riding a conventional bike impossible at the moment, however with the stability of this specialist trike she can whiz around like any other six year old – this is not only fun but is essential physiotherapy exercise for her leg and core muscles”.

Richard Bailey

 

 Educational Assistance

“Just a quick thank you for the help with funding (2011-2012) when on my NC in Gamekeeping course based at the North Highland College. I truly believe that without your support I would not have been able to complete it. As an English resident before I moved here, I was not eligible for the bursary offered to other Scottish members of the course, who were entitled to funding for their course fees and accommodation whilst in college (away from their placements).

I managed to gain ‘Student of the Year’ in which I was very surprised and pleased.

The Gamekeeping industry is a very tight knit community and I feel there is a great need for us to stick together and support each other; what GWT offer is fantastic. It is great to know that GWT is only a phone call away whenever I need a reassuring chat.

I would just like to directly thank Helen Benson and all the trustees that work alongside her, supporting gamekeepers like myself. I am sure I speak for many different people within our industry!

John Weir

(Webmaster postscript – John has subsequently been shortlisted for a Lantra Award)

John Weir receives Student of the Year

John Weir receives Student of the Year

 

News

New Counselling Service for Gamekeepers and their families

New Counselling Service for Gamekeepers and their families The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust (GWT) supports retired gamekeepers, stalkers and their families and increasingly working keepers, often under the most intense stress and pressure.   Health is paramount to working lives in a physically demanding job but the effects on the individual gamekeeper and his/her family from mental […]

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GWT providing new services following on from the GWT survey

Prior to beginning our programme of training courses on line, fact sheets and webinars on financial health, housing issues and mental health and resilience awareness we have put together a video to explain our reasons, process and progress.  Click below to see and hear how it was done and how we progress what you wanted […]

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