Health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is one of the most important issues affecting rural communities. You can now make a difference and take part in the consultation for Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Scotland.

RSABI, the organisation which provides emotional, financial and practical support to people in Scottish agriculture, has launched a new helpline number – 0808 1234 555 - which is free to call.

The easy-to-remember freephone number will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round to ensure farmers, crofters and others involved in Scottish agriculture can access support at any time of day or night.

Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan led by Volunteer Scotland and the Scottish Government has been launched, with people, places and communities at its heart.

The plan was launched in Glasgow at The Gathering, SCVO’s celebration of Scotland’s voluntary sector.

Scottish Parliament have passed the Good Food Nation bill after a Stage 3 debate.

A £1 million Community Cycling Fund has been launched ahead of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to support sustainable cycling projects and events across Scotland - deadline is 5pm on Monday 20th June.

Two awards for outstanding contribution to RSABI were presented at a Jubilee event on board HMS Albion, attended by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.

The awards were presented as part of a range of 125th anniversary year initiatives by the charity - which supports people in Scottish agriculture – to thank the volunteers, fundraisers, and others for their invaluable support.

All local authorities, plus Scotland’s two National Parks, will receive a share of £6.5 million directly from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Process Fund - the second stream of the £65 million annual Nature Restoration Fund.

An ambitious but realistic public spending framework has been published which outlines how more than £180 billion will be invested to deliver priorities for Scotland.

The Resource Spending Review, which is not a budget, outlines how the Scottish Government will focus public finances in the coming years to tackle child poverty, address the climate crisis, strengthen the public sector as Scotland recovers from Covid and grow a stronger, fairer and greener economy.

RSABI is set to launch a special initiative during the summer in the run up to the Great Glen Challenge to celebrate their 125th anniversary this year.

The agricultural charity will be inviting people in the Scottish agricultural community to get behind its #Challenge125 initiative which will get underway on 23rd June on the opening morning of the Royal Highland Show and finish on 26th August when the Great Glen Challenge is held.