Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports everyone working in the racing industry including stud, stable and racecourse staff as well as those working in associated professions.
Racing Welfare provides a wide range of advice and guidance services, all of which are completely confidential and non-judgmental. Support is available for a wide range of life’s challenges, including physical and mental health, bereavement, careers advice, housing, money advice, illness, addiction, relationships and retirement.
All of Racing Welfare’s services are accessible 24hrs a day via Racing’s Support Line, or online at www.racingwelfare.co.uk. Furthermore, the charity’s team of front line welfare officers cover the whole of the country, with offices in all of the main racing centres, including Lambourn, and roving officers in Scotland, Wales, Epsom and the South West of England.
Racing Welfare administers Racing’s Occupational Health Service, enabling access to occupational health professions and paying for treatment where it is needed.
The charity also operates the Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS), which supports professional development and provides training opportunities for people working in racing. A dedicated CATS website was launched at the beginning of March. The website is home to a comprehensive range of online self-help advice; from practical advice on writing a CV and managing your online profile to a live training directory and links to current vacancies and scholarships. Go to www.catsracingwelfare.co.uk to learn more.
Racing Welfare also facilitates free access to a range of specialist services including counselling (face-to-face, telephone and online) and addiction support. The charity owns 164 accommodation units across the UK, with a focus on providing housing for young people working in racing and those who have retired from the industry which are managed by its housing arm, Racing Homes.