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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:

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.

15 January 2018

Racing looks to tap into pool of enthusiastic volunteers

A new site designed to help racing charities and other organisations in the sport recruit volunteers has been launched with the support of The Racing Foundation.

This facility is designed to be a one-stop shop to encourage and distribute support for all of horseracing’s volunteer activity, and sits within the Racing Together website.

There are an estimated 167,000 charities in the UK and about the same number of voluntary organisations, providing plenty of choice for members of the public considering giving up their time and energy as volunteers.

Racing’s volunteer site is a collaboration developed by the Do-It Trust and The Racing Foundation, in consultation with a number of the sport’s human and equine charities. It was identified that these charities would benefit from a central resource to aid their recruitment of volunteers – for ongoing support or one-off events.

One of the charities signed up is The Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre. Dr David Ray is a patron for the charity and has already experienced the benefits for his organisation of getting on board.

“Do-It for Horseracing has been a revelation; we have successfully recruited Michelle, an experienced equine veterinary nurse, who looks after her own ex-racehorses, as our Area Field Officer in Essex,” said David.

“Michelle has the support of her employers House and Jackson, who see this as a win-win arrangement: career development for Michelle and good PR for the Equine Hospital in Blackmore, whilst we can fulfil our commitment to the lifetime aftercare of the horses we have rehomed or fostered in the region. Michelle is also keen to help with fundraising for the charity.”

The Do-It for Horseracing gateway enables racing’s charities to reach out to over 120,000 volunteers already registered on the main Do-It Trust site, as well as those who directly visit the horseracing site and sign-up.

The Racing Foundation’s Grants Manager, Tansy Challis said of the website: “It is incredibly exciting to see the horseracing site up and running and we very much hope industry stakeholders and organisations will help promote it to help attract more volunteers and raise awareness of the sport’s charities.”

To view the site, simply click on the Volunteer tab on the Racing Together homepage.

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