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CORONAVIRUS: LATEST INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE

The Government’s full guidance on what the new measures that have been introduced mean for you can be found here.

FINANCE

Racing Welfare have introduced Covid-19 hardship grants for anyone working in the racing industry who is in need of immediate financial assistance due to the current crisis. 

This comprehensive advice and guidance page from the Money Advice Service covers all aspects of how the Coronavirus might affect your financial situation and all the support measures available to you.

For advice on claiming benefits click here.

A comprehensive online benefits calculator and grant checker from financial support charity TURN2US can be found here.

If you need help with your energy bills go here.

For debt advice go to the Money Advice Trust or the National Debtline.

The charity StepChange can also help if you are worried about your finances or current debt solution.

HOUSING

The latest news for anyone who is renting is here.

There is a useful guide to mortgage payment holidays from the Money Advice Service here.

There will also be payment holidays for Help to Buy homeowners. To find out more click here.

Advice on what to do if you find yourself homeless can be found here.

EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYERS AND BUSINESSES

All the latest official government advice for Employers can be found here.

The government have also produced a step-by-step guide on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. To find out how to access the support, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply go here.

If you are concerned about your business debts you can go to the Business Debt Line.

SELF-EMPLOYED

Details on government support for the self-employed is now here.

The latest government guidance for employees, including those who are self-employed or on zero-hours contracts, can be found here.

DOMESTIC ABUSE

The measures introduced by the Government to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus are a challenge for all of us, but could be particularly worrying for you if you are a victim of domestic abuse. You may be feeling unsafe if you are isolated in your home with your abuser and if you are now having to work from home, you may have lost your only safe place. We have a dedicated Coronavirus: Domestic Abuse page where you can find help and support.

You can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline 24/7 on 0808 2000 247. The helpline is run by Refuge and you can find more support from them here.

Relationship charity Relate can also provide support and guidance.

MENTAL HEALTH

The Coronavirus outbreak has affected everyone who works in racing in different ways. Whatever your circumstances, it has never been more important to look after your mental wellbeing. Our Coronavirus: Mental Health support page is here.

Racing Welfare and Great British Racing have come together to produce a Wellbeing Toolkit specifically designed to support the mental wellbeing of racing’s workforce during the Covid-19 outbreak.  You can find the toolkit here.

The Mental Health Foundation also have a dedicated page with useful tips on managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

SUPPORT FOR THOSE LIVING IN SCOTLAND

Scotland’s Mental Health Charity have a helpline, self-help resources and link closely with localised and council run services.

Breathing Space is an accessible first base for anyone in Scotland struggling with a mental health concern.

The latest news from the Scottish Government on their mental health initiatives to support people through the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

The Coronavirus outbreak has placed unprecedented stress on parents and families. Our dedicated Coronavirus: Parents and Families page can provide support.

Click here to see the guidance on employment options for working parents provided by the NTF.

For advice on how to help and protect your child, UNICEF has some useful explainers here.

SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Charity YoungMinds has useful advice for young people struggling with their mental health due to the Coronavirus.

INDUSTRY GUIDANCE

THE NATIONAL TRAINERS FEDERATION (NTF)

The NTF has created a comprehensive document to support trainers (NTF members and non-members) dealing with the impact of Coronavirus on their business, themselves and their staff, and on the racing industry which can be found here.

The NTF has also provided a Q & A page regarding the Government’s “Furlough Employee” scheme here.

THE BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY (BHA)

The official BHA lockdown guidance for yards, racecourses, and studs is now here.

The most up-to-date industry guidance and updates from the BHA are here.

The BHA have also put together a comprehensive Q & A document which is being continuously updated and can be found here.

THE THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS ASSOCIATION (TBA)

The TBA have a dedicated coronavirus page with all the latest breeding industry guidance. They have also produced an essential Covid-19 protocol document for thoroughbred breeders.

UPDATES FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB

For the latest Coronavirus updates from The Jockey Club click here. The updates include statements from Jockey Club Racecourses and Jockey Club Live on future racing and music events.

How We Can Help You

Racing Welfare would like to reassure you that our services remain open to anyone needing support. Our top priority is the wellbeing of all racing’s people.

In order to continue to deliver our services and prioritise those who need us most, our regional offices in Middleham, Malton, Lambourn and Newmarket (both at The Racing Centre and Park Lane) will be closed to the public with immediate effect. 

Our welfare team can be contacted from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday using the numbers on the map below:

For 24-hour assistance call Racing’s Support Line 0800 6300 443 or get in touch with us online at www.racingwelfare.co.uk
We also have a full range of self-help information available at www.support.racingwelfare.co.uk. For the most up to date advice and guidance on the Coronavirus outbreak please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or www.gov.uk.