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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.

12 July 2018

Racing Staff Week unites the sport with events at 41 race meetings

Racing Staff Week ( 30th June – 7th July) was once again successful in engaging and informing the public about the contribution of those working at the front-line of the racing and Thoroughbred breeding industries. The initiative is now in its third year and helps to raise awareness of the services offered by Racing Together partner, Racing Welfare.

The national campaign included collaborations with every racecourse that held meetings during the week. In addition, a whole host of racecourses, trade bodies, bookmakers and the media got on board to support the recognition of key staff.

Racing Staff Week was buzzing on social media, #RacingStaffWeek reached almost 1,3m people. Racing Welfare staff visited yards and racecourses nationwide throughout the week.

There were two charity races that attracted a total of 24 riders during the week, raising over £18,000 for Racing Welfare. There was also an auction at Doncaster on 6th July and many exit collections at racecourses, bringing the overall total raised to £108,000.

Racing Welfare’s Chief Executive, Dawn Goodfellow said: “When we started Racing Staff Week three years ago, our initial aim was to raise awareness about the contribution of racing staff and to highlight the support services available to them through Racing Welfare.”

“We are very proud to now be at the stage where its legacy includes initiatives which impact on the lives of racing staff all year round. The speed with which it has grown has almost taken us by surprise and its success is very much down to the partnerships we have developed with racing’s stakeholders, along with all of the racecourses who host and support activities throughout the week.”

Racing Welfare aims to continue to grow the impact of Racing Staff Week, with a particular focus on promoting initiatives that positively affect the lives of staff all year round. The Jockey Club’s free meals provision, which was launched to coincide with the start of Racing Staff Week is one such example.

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