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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.

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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:

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

21 May 2020

Community and kindness to the fore

The theme of Kindness is central to this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), an annual initiative run by the Mental Health Foundation.

Racing Welfare has used each day this week to focus on different topics, from befriending and prevention of loneliness, to self-care and helping others in the community. The campaign will provide tips and guidance on how engaging with these topics can have a positive impact on your mental health. 

Befriending was chosen for the first day, something the charity has been very conscious of from the beginning of the pandemic. Racing Welfare’s team has made over 1,100 check-in calls to over 700 people in racing who are at risk of encountering loneliness and isolation. 

Harriet Dukes, Welfare Officer for Malton, said: “As well as contacting all the trainers in our region to support them and their staff, we have been calling all of our retired beneficiaries.  We are doing our very best to support them by addressing any issues they may be facing, making sure they are able to get all their essentials and signposting them to any other local services that could be of help. 

“It is just great to be able to chat with people who might be feeling lonely during this period of lockdown. We talk about what is happening in the world right now but also about their friends and families and their racing memories.”

The charity had many events planned for the retired racing community before the outbreak but have looked for other ways to continue to build a sense of community, which is crucial to maintain mental wellbeing.

One of the most successful evolutions has been transferring the beneficiary coffee mornings online to Facebook.  Weekly ‘Virtual Coffee Mornings’ are now being held on a Thursday at 11 am and a private Facebook group has been built which holds over 145 members from the retired racing community.

The first event was hosted by commentaror Derek Thompson and was a great success and allowed people to come together to share racing memories.  A different racing celebrity  will be hosting each week and the line-up includes Mike Cattermole, Ed Chamberlain and Richard Hoiles. 

Racing Welfare is reaching out to those living in more rural locations or those with mobility difficulties who cannot normally get to events.  The level of engagement has shown the positive benefits of these online initiatives and  even when lockdown has lifted, online events will continue.

Racing Welfare on social media @Racingwelfare and to find out more about the ‘7 Days of Kindness’ campaign.

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