Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Racing Welfare has seen an increase in people coming to the charity for financial advice. In response to the situation, a streamlined application process for the provision of Covid-19 grants has been introduced. The grants are for anyone working in the British horseracing and breeding industry and are designed to help those who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to the outbreak.
The new application process has been designed to make obtaining a hardship grant as simple and efficient as possible. The grants have been calculated into fortnightly amounts for a single applicant (£150) and that of a family (£210). The payments are intended to cover immediate basic needs, such as food, electricity and heating.
The current crisis has affected many people in the racing industry who may never have had to apply for welfare support before. We would like to stress that we are here to support anyone who is employed in racing and is in need of help at this time. Before a grant application is processed, our welfare team will conduct a needs-based assessment, including supporting people to claim any benefits and other statutory entitlements.
Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, commented:
“The provision of Covid-19 grants has been developed in response to the outbreak to help those most in need of support quickly. We recognise that the situation is affecting the lives of people living and working in racing in many different ways, with immediate financial need being just one of these.
We are focusing our response on three main strands of work including the provision of grants, the remaining two of which are: the publication of reliable advice and guidance in relation to the outbreak and its impact, and community support services to prevent loneliness and isolation during this time. The crisis is generating a lot of complex needs and so our services are designed to support people who require support on multiple fronts.”
The grants will be financed by an industry fund established by The Racing Foundation, The John Pearce Foundation and other racing charities, utilising Racing Welfare’s infrastructure and grant making expertise to distribute the funds.
If you are in need of support you can contact your local welfare team directly; our regional office numbers are manned from 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday and are as follows:
Malton: 01653 696 869
Middleham: 01969 624 123
Lambourn: 01488 670 034
Newmarket: 01638 560 763
For assistance outside of these times, Racing’s Support Line is available 24hrs a day on 0800 6300 443.
Alternatively, a 24hr live chat service is available via the charity’s website www.racingwelfare.co.uk. All calls are being answered as quickly as possible but the we ask for all those getting in touch to bear with us at this busy time.
The BHA’s Executive Director, Will Lambe, said:
Racing Welfare’s 24 hour support line enables people to access support and
guidance through digital and telephone options.