24hr Support Line 0800 6300 443

SMART Recovery Group

The SMART Recovery group is here to help people deal with their addictive behaviours through open, confidential discussion. It is delivered by Humankind, in association with North Yorkshire Horizons and Racing Welfare.

The SMART Recovery Group is open to all. The group is not restricted to supporting people with alcohol and drug addiction but is here to help with any type of addictive behaviour.

Meetings are held at Middleham Key Centre every Thursday at 7pm or virtually via Zoom


Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and Racing Welfare is here to help you tackle feelings of loneliness or social isolation.


Tips for tackling loneliness


Keep busy with things that make you feel good:

Keeping busy with things you enjoy can be energising and positive, but things such as working too hard or watching too much TV only serve as a temporary distraction and can actually make loneliness worse. Find a hobby or activity you enjoy and make time for yourself.


Don’t overlook the little connections:

Connecting with others can be hard when you’re feeling lonely. However, even connecting at a low level, for example talking to the check-out operator at a shop, can make a difference. Make the time to speak to the people around you, even starting up a conversation with a colleague over a cup of tea can help to improve your mood. If you are in need of someone to talk to, find out about Racing Welfare’s Check-In and Chat service.


Talking therapies can help:

Talking through your feelings with a counsellor or therapist can help you cope with your feelings of loneliness. Anyone working in racing can speak to a BACP- qualified counsellor 24 hours a day, free of charge, through Racing’s Support Line.  Also available to racing’s workforce is Woebot, an easy-to-use app that enables users to access in-the-moment emotional support 24/7.


Loneliness is not necessarily linked to being a particular age, to living alone, or living in a particular area – it can affect anybody. The stigma of loneliness can make it hard for people to talk about – if you are struggling with feelings of loneliness or social isolation contact Racing’s Support Line on 0800 6300 443. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering fully confidential support.

Mental Health Courses

We all know how important it is to take care of our physical wellbeing. However, it’s also vital that we look after our mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling low, sad or stressed then racing welfare can help in a variety of ways

Racing Welfare is committed to ensuring that racing’s workforce can access mental health and wellbeing support services when required, free of charge and without lengthy waiting lists.  All of our welfare officers have received mental health first aid training or will do so within their first year in post.  They are able to provide information and advice to people regarding mental health support and counselling options.


We run two types of mental health courses, a half-day awareness course and a two-day first aid course.

A Mental Health First Aider as equally as important as a Physical Health First Aider – the two are entwined together and affect each other.  Therefore it is crucial we have someone in every workplace to spot the early warning signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and to have the confidence to start up what could potentially be a lifesaving conversation.  Be proactive and make sure you have someone that could help save lives!

Winter Fuel Grant

Racing Welfare is offering Winter Fuel Grants to those who currently work in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

Coronavirus: Community

Regional Community Executive, Adam Ferguson (pictured at Malton Open Day), supports the fundraising team with different community events that go on throughout the year in the North, including open days, racing staff boxing and racing staff week, as well as individual fundraising. He also organises community activities for both working and retired beneficiaries including coffee mornings, rounders, quiz nights, golf days and football tournaments – anything that brings the community together to prevent loneliness and isolation.

Adam tells us more about the community initiatives taking place through COVID-19.


As a parent or guardian working in the racing industry, we understand that it can be a real challenge to find good quality childcare to fit in with your working life.  You are your child’s most important carer, and it’s what you and your children do together at home that is most important in giving them the best start in life. Care from friends, grandparents and other relatives plays a vital role too.

There are a range of choices out there, from nursery schools to pre-schools to child-minders.

Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in an intimate relationship, marriage or family relationship, regardless of gender or sexuality.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it.  No one should live in fear of the person they love.  If you recognise yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is help available.

Funeral Plans

A funeral has different meanings for different people. It is an opportunity to say goodbye to the person who has died and to mourn their loss. It can also be an occasion to celebrate their life and express thankfulness for them. Some people leave a written record or have told family or friends what arrangements they would prefer for their funeral. They may also have had a pre-paid funeral plan in place. If this is the case, the process of arranging the funeral is a little simpler.

However, if you are unsure of their wishes, there are a range of decisions you will need to make, from deciding on the type of funeral and location through to the choice of music and readings.

Coronavirus: 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.

Trips and Outings

Racing Welfare organises a number of events around the UK in a bid to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst retired staff, their partners and carers. The trips provide an opportunity to meet with familiar faces and enjoy a social event with like-minded people.