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Volunteer today for racing charities!


Charities working across the sport are frequently in need of valuable support from volunteers – on an ongoing basis or just to support a particular event.

Volunteering is a great way to help the causes you support, and can even boost your CV and help you make new friendships.

Volunteer bucket collector

Opportunities to volunteer with racing industry charities will be found through Careers in Racing and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

A selection of charities that rely on volunteers:

  • Racing Welfare
  • Palace House
  • Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre
  • The Racehorse Rescue Centre
  • The British Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre
  • Greatwood
  • and more…

Example roles include administrative or specialist business support, fundraising-specific tasks, or hands-on with horses.

Click the logos below to find volunteering opportunities…

Careers in Racing:

Sport and Recreation Alliance – Join In:

If you are a racing charity looking to recruit volunteers, simply contact lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk for further information on how we can help you.

03 April 2018

Racing Together Community Day 2018

Charities, racecourses and the sport’s regulator are among those in racing looking to volunteer to help others on Friday 11th May. Racing Together Community Day is the sport’s national day of volunteering and we want everyone to find a way to get involved.

Building on the efforts of recent years, racing is asking all parts of the sport to do one simple act – either as a group or on your own to give something back to your community. It’s always good fun and can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Under the Racing Together umbrella, we hope to increase this day of giving back, which some of the 15 racecourses that were involved last year used to announce year-long initiatives aimed at supporting local need. We will be promoting the day via social media and will be using the hashtag #RTday – we encourage all those taking part to do the same. Here’s a snapshot of just some of the contributions from 2017:

• Chester – hosted a Racing to School Day and promoted their CSR programme, Chester 1,000, which has seen racecourse staff donate 1,000 hours between them to help local charities
• Chelmsford City – volunteered at Sanctus, a local shelter and soup kitchen for the homeless
• Aintree – hosted 74 children from Kensington Primary School for careers talks and a tour around the course to learn about the history of the Grand National
• Ascot – donated items to local charities, including spare Royal Ascot picnic blankets
• Beverley – litter picking on the Westwood land alongside the racecourse
• Musselburgh – worked with Musselburgh Grammar School to host pupils and staff for workshops to support their employability needs
• Pontefract – litter picking, on-going maintenance work with local council in Pontefract Park
• Sedgefield – volunteered to help out at Rebecca Menzies’ yard
• Wincanton – worked with the Local Council to plan an event later in the year
• York – organised their own Volunteer day after the Flat season – supported Friends of Chapman’s Pond by volunteering to enhance the ponds surrounding areas
• Staff at the BHA, GBR and the ROA hosted a local school for a special careers day and a special behind the scenes look at the integrity department.

Please commit to do something on or near May 11th and let us know, so we can promote your efforts. To discuss your ideas for the day or how you can get involved, please contact Community Engagement Manager Adam Harman – 07387 260980. E: adam@racingtoschool.co.uk

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