Members of Brechin Rotary Club listened to a talk on the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution at their latest meeting.
Melissa Kelly attend the meeting to talk about RSABI at the invite of member Donald McIntyre.
The Institution was formed in 1897 and, through fund raising and raising awareness, helps those who have depended on the land in times of hardship and crisis or those who due to illness or disability, find that they are unable to cope.
The type of work covered by the institution includes not only farming, but crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, gamekeeping and rural estate work.
During her talk to members, Kelly highlighted why there was a need for this service, quoting several cases where bereavement and extreme weather conditions had caused severe problems both financially and emotionally.
She then explained exactly how the institution helps to meet the needs of the beneficiaries, saying it could be financial help or other support such as “Gatepost”, which is a helpline for those in need.
Rotary Club member Willie Christison gave Melissa a vote of thanks on a subject very relevant to us here in Angus.