The Gamekeepers' Welfare Trust is there to help those in need of support

A straightforward way of getting in touch with the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust is by texting and open to keepers who have concerns about their professional and personal relationships, as well as their general well-being.

The number to contact is 07786917498. All calls or texts are totally confidential

Helen Benson from the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust said:

“Surveys have shown that texting is the most useful and popular method of keeping in touch for the younger generation in particular. We reach out to everyone, but recognise that for the student or young keeper, texting is perhaps the most user friendly way of asking for help or communicating with someone who understands and in confidence.”

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David Shaw, lecturer on the Gamekeeping with Wildlife Management course at North Highland College, said:

“The early stages of a career in gamekeeping can be a big culture shock for a trainee gamekeeper so a good support network is very important. Trainee gamekeepers are often required to live and work in remote areas away from close family and friends. In this situation a small problem could soon escalate out of proportion without someone at hand to share it with. The helpline service provided by the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust means that help is always at hand to support gamekeepers when life gets tough.”

Gamekeepers' Welfare Trust

Helen Benson receiving her award from Martin Puddifer, editor of Shooting Gazette

Helen Benson of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust won the Shooting Awards Personality of the Year 2019