The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust
The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) exists to support gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies, and their dependents, both past and present!
GWT provides financial grants for gamekeepers, stalkers and ghillies and their families in times of hardship, ill health and retirement. Small grants are also available for young people making gamekeeping their career. Another key part of what the GWT do is the helpline. This is a key part of the service, providing a confidential listening service with information and support on a wide variety of issues including health, retirement, redundancy, housing and employment issues.
The GWT offers four main areas of support to gamekeepers, stalkers and gillies and their dependants. These are:
- Support – There is a listening and visiting service. This includes advice on anxiety, retirement ill health and legal problems, among other things.
- Financial – For those in ill-health and for younger people wanting to have a career in gamekeeping.
- Housing – Aiding at times of difficulty for housing.
- Employment Register – This register allows individuals to see where jobs are and how to apply for them, how to write a good CV and if there are any placements for apprentices.
The GWT also have many resources to download on their website to assist gamekeepers, stalkers and gillies. These include information on personal welfare, education, employment and more general stuff. To view the page with these downloads available, please click here.
The GWT are a small charity which means they often rely on the goodwill and kindness of others to do their very important work. There are many ways that you can support the charity, such as donations, fundraising, sponsorship or visiting their online shop.
We are aware that the GWT have a few very exciting and worthwhile new initiatives planned for the coming months. Be sure to check their website, Facebook and Twitter feeds regularly to find out what these are. They will be at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trusts’ Scottish Game fair at Scone on Sunday to talk about some of the new work they will be starting up. Rumours are that a bigger launch will take place at The Game Fair at Ragley Hall at the end of July.
If you yourself, or another gamekeeper that you know is struggling with any of the issues mentioned in this blog, then do not hesitate to contact the GWT on 0300 1233088.
At Keepers Choice, we are proud to support the GWT and the fantastic work that they do.