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Farmer and comic Jim Smith urges farmers to #KeepTalking

Comic and farmer Jim Smith and auctioneers all through Scotland are throwing their collective weight behind an RSABI initiative to encourage farmers and crofters to reconnect and get collectively this winter.

The Winter 2022 #KeepTalking marketing campaign by the charity, which helps folks in Scottish agriculture, will once more be fronted by Perthshire farmer and comic, Jim Smith.

This yr RSABI can be searching for native volunteers to assist develop the variety of venues internet hosting “Carols on the Marts” within the coming weeks.

Farmer and comic Jim Smith with auctioneers from United Auctions Murray Steele (left) and Andrew Weir.

Over a dozen public sale market venues in Scotland have signaled they’re eager to be concerned and host a night of festive enjoyable and carol singing, constructing on the profitable occasions run previously at markets together with Forfar, Ayr and Dingwall.

Anybody desirous about serving to to arrange a Carols on the Marts occasion of their locality ought to e-mail with their contact particulars and the mart venue they’d be eager to assist with.

The hope is to contain native organizations of all ages together with younger farmers golf equipment and choirs.

Singing is excellent for psychological well being and, throughout its one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary yr, as a thanks to the agricultural group for the help given to the charity, RSABI is contributing to the price of a scorching drink and snack at every occasion.

The large message of this yr’s #KeepTalking marketing campaign is to encourage folks in agricultural communities in Scotland to succeed in out and reconnect with associates, neighbours, kinfolk and others who is perhaps feeling remoted this winter.

“Our message is for everybody to #KeepTalking because the nights change into darker and longer and, particularly, to consider getting in contact with folks of all ages of their communities who could also be extra weak to loneliness and isolation this winter,” stated Carol McLaren, chief government, RSABI.

“This time of yr is historically a troublesome time for farming people, with mud and chilly to cope with and fewer occasions and alternatives to catch up.

“And this yr, with the extra stress of cost-of-living worries and common uncertainty, we’re notably eager that folks within the agricultural group really feel as supported as attainable,” she stated.

RSABI is launching a sequence of initiatives this winter to help good psychological well being in folks of all ages concerned in farming and crofting, and the #KeepTalking marketing campaign has a key function to play.

“We will all get a bit down at the moment of yr and it is a unbelievable initiative by RSABI to encourage folks to reconnect,” stated Jim Smith, ambassador of this winter’s #KeepTalkingcampaign.

“We’re all busy however this initiative encourages us all to cease and take the time to consider others.”

“Simply having a good blether and getting issues off your chest could make an enormous distinction to how nicely you may deal with the pressures of life and work.

“Kindness is so necessary and simply the smallest acts of kindness could make such a distinction to the individual on the receiving finish,” stated Mr Smith, who’s at present on tour with a string of comedy nights happening round Scotland.

The marketing campaign can be urging folks to look out for indicators that somebody could also be going downhill when it comes to their psychological well being and, in the event that they spot something of concern, to have the boldness to succeed in out and verify that individual is okay.

RSABI’s freephone helpline – 0808 1234 555 – is offered 24 hours a day, seven days every week and calls won’t present up on telephone payments.

Neil Wilson, government director of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS), stated he was delighted with the way in which Scottish auctioneers have responded to the decision to help Carols on the Marts.

“Scotland’s public sale markets are very a lot the heartbeat of Scotland’s agricultural communities – as each hubs of economic and social exercise,” he stated.

“This fame has been constructed up over many years and so it’s fantastic to see auctioneers behind the nation getting behind this RSABI initiative.”

Go to for an inventory of the public sale marts which have signaled they’re eager to participate, together with particulars of the confirmed dates to this point.

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