Jill is new RSABI officer for the south west

Jill iwith Russell McNab receiving a cheque for �450, raised by sales of the RSABI vintage tractor DVD following the restoration project carried out by the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club
Jill iwith Russell McNab receiving a cheque for �450, raised by sales of the RSABI vintage tractor DVD following the restoration project carried out by the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club

A unique rural charity has appointed its first dedicated Development Officer for the South West, who will raise funds and awareness for the organisation’s key mission to help those who have depended on the land for their livelihoods.

Jill Sloan will be working for RSABI based in Newton Stewart and operating as part-time development officer throughout Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Jill’s role will concentrate on increasing regular income via RSABI’s Supporter Scheme - which enables individuals, businesses and corporations to support the organisation annually or longer term - arranging fundraising events, raising awareness of the charity’s profile and supporting its invaluable network of local volunteers.

RSABI provides financial assistance, support and a helpline to people with backgrounds in agriculture, forestry, fish-farming, rural estate work, gamekeeping, crofting and horticulture who, due to age, injury, illness or misfortune find that they are unable to cope. Last year it helped 900 people, contributed over £600,000 in direct financial support.

Paul Tinson, RSABI Development Manager, had the following to say about the appointment:

“We are delighted to appoint Jill as the Regional Development Officer in the South West. RSABI has always had a presence in the area, but this is the first time we’ve been able to appoint a dedicated person based in the region.”

“With an increasing number of people coming forward, Jill will join our other Regional Development Officers in engaging with stakeholders, influencers and volunteers throughout Scotland to help increase income for the charity and deliver RSABI development priorities.”

Jill Sloan, RSABI Regional Development Officer for the South West said: “I’m really excited to begin my new role with RSABI. I come from a farming background, so I know how important it is to continue to support those who have depended on the land for their livelihood.”

“I’m passionate about the rural community, and I’m looking forward to meeting people from around the region. I think it’s really important to keep the South West sustainable, and we offer the key support to make that happen.”

Anyone looking to get in touch with Jill and support RSABI can reach her by phone on 07725 629181 or by email: jill.sloan@rsabi.org.uk.

Jill is pictured with Russell McNab receiving a cheque for £450, raised by sales of the RSABI vintage tractor DVD following the restoration project carried out by the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club in 2013/14.