The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust Latest
Over the past few years, The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust (GWT) has increasingly spread the word on the various ways it can assist individuals in our industry – and has seen its reputation and awareness of its work become more widespread. And, with the Game Fair season in full swing, the organisation has more ideas up their sleeve to further boost its reputation and its fundraising efforts.
What do The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust do?
The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust 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.
For further information on what the GWT do, follow the link here to a previous blog from Keepers Choice.
The GWT and Keepers Choice
Over the past few years Keepers Choice have attempted to support this vitally important organisation as much as we possibly can. Where possible we have helped fundraising efforts by directly donating ourselves, and by spreading the word about the GWT so others can also donate.
However, recently we have gone a step further and had the GWT logo printed on the front of our grower feed bags alongside logos of other major organisations within the industry such as BASC, The NGO, G&WCT and The GFA. We are looking to include the GWT logo on our full range of bags as soon as possible. Underneath the logo, we have also printed the helpline number. We hope by doing this that any gamekeepers using our feed and in need of talking to somebody about life’s struggles is able to simply see the number on the bag and make a call.
2020 – Year of the Gamekeeper
Another excellent fundraising effort being set up by the GWT is the ‘2020 Year of the Gamekeeper’ initiative. This is a one-year initiative supported by major shooting and rural organisations including Countryside Alliance, NGO, GWCT, BASC, SGA and several others. The idea is that via the initiative, funds for and awareness of this important charity will be raised.
The launch of ‘2020 Year of the Gamekeeper’ will take place at this weekends The Game Fair at the Gun Trade Lounge area of Gunmakers’ Pub on Friday 26th July at 3.00pm – with a launch presentation, speeches, canapes and drinks.
If you are lucky enough to be attending The Game Fair this year but won’t be there for the initiatives launch, you can find the GWT at their stand in the Yellow Zone – Stand M1199. Helen and her team will be happy to talk to you about the fantastic work they do and how you might be able to help.
Newbury Racecourse – Auction, Dinner & Dance
Finally, a date for the diary early next year. The GWT are hosting an evening at Newbury Racecourse in order to raise funds for the charity. The evening, on Saturday 22nd February, will cost £50.00 per ticket and this includes a hot buffet, live band, auction and raffle.
If anybody is wanting to put up raffle prizes or something for the auction, that would be much appreciated.
Tickets are available on GWT Facebook page, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Rolls on email@example.com
There is lots of free parking and The Lodge Hotel at Newbury Racecourse has rooms at a discounted rate for the night.
For any further information on The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust or if you would like to get involved with the helping the charity – Please follow this link.