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14 April 2022

Racing Welfare Highly Commended for Mental Health and Wellbeing Work

British Horseracing’s people charity, Racing Welfare, has been highly commended at the Inside Out Awards in the Third Party Influence category. The prestigious awards ceremony on 24 March at The Troxy in London set out to celebrate individuals & companies that have inspired positive change, true commitment and courageousness to enable real change within their field towards creating mentally healthier workplaces during the past year.

The Third-Party Influence category is dedicated to the employer/organisation who has best influenced beyond its own walls e.g. the supply chain or into their own client base, and Racing Welfare was able to demonstrate that through the charity’s work in championing mental health education and support across the horseracing industry.

In particular, Racing Welfare’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programme of education has trained over 469 people in a variety of horseracing workplaces. This includes 179 Mental Health First Aiders, 260 Mental Health Awareness attendees and 30 people for MHFA refresher courses.

“I’m delighted that Racing Welfare has been able to demonstrate the commitment of the horseracing industry to the wellbeing of its workforce. “A huge well done and thank-you to everyone, especially our team of Mental Health First Aid instructors who kept delivery of these sessions going throughout lockdown.  This has been extremely important work, and both complex and challenging to organise at times. We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who has played a part in attending and championing these courses, as they really do help make a difference in creating a culture of care across horseracing.”

Simone Sear, Director of Welfare

Judges of the awards stated: “A truly inside out approach to addressing very specific barriers and challenges to a very unique workforce. Several other organisations and industries can learn from Racing Welfare’s commitment to supporting its workforce. A brilliant identification of a need together with an impactful and targeted solution. Well done. The people trained as part of this initiative are so widespread, what a great start.”

To find out more about participating in one of our accredited Mental Health First Aid England courses then please see: https://racingwelfare.co.uk/our-events/