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Racing Welfare provides professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and racecourse staff, and those in a broad range of associated roles whose dedication is vital to the wellbeing of racing.

Fortunately, not everyone will need our help, but volunteering enables us to deliver support throughout the UK and make a real difference to people’s lives. Volunteers like you are vital in helping us achieve this, either through work directly in support of beneficiaries or through raising the funds needed to continue to provide the services that we offer. We very much welcome new volunteers in all sorts of roles to help us carry on providing support to those who need us. We would be delighted if you would like to join our Volunteer Programme.

Types of Volunteering

Our Check-in and Chat service provides a weekly phone call to someone who may be feeling lonely, isolated or just looking for a regular chat with one of our friendly volunteers.

This is a regular volunteering opportunity that requires a weekly commitment of approximately 1.5 hours, as well as initial checks and training. We recruit for this role on an ongoing basis in line with the demand for calls. Get in touch today for more information.

Download the role description for Check-in and Chat Caller HERE.

Racing Welfare’s Check-in and Chat service is part-funded by The National Lottery Community Fund

Many of our events would be impossible to run without support from our volunteers, helping with stewarding, ticket sales and many other jobs. Please keep an eye on this space for details of upcoming events where we need your help.

Download the role description for Event Supporter HERE.

Racing Welfare supporters take on epic challenges for us all year round and we need enthusiastic supporters to help cheer them on in their challenges. With clappers, signs, and your voice we need you to give them a boost at various points around the course.

Opportunities

 

Upcoming bucket collections:

  • 28th June- Stratford
  • 29th June- Worcester
  • 29th June- Thirsk
  • 30th June- Haydock
  • 30th June- Newbury
  • 1st July- Newton Abbott

 

 

16-17 July – Great Racing Welfare Cycle – Cheltenham

This event depends on the help of our wonderful event stewards who offer drinks, snacks and support the cyclists as they take on their great challenge! Shifts will last approx. 3-4 hours and will run throughout the 24-hour duration of the challenge.

 

4th September – Newmarket Heath Ride – Newmarket

Every year The Jockey Club Estates kindly give permission for just over 300 horses and riders access to their world-famous training grounds for a pleasure ride. We need over 40 volunteers to help us by directing riders and marking them off as they pass through your checkpoint. Shifts are 8.15am to 12.30pm and 12.15pm to 4pm.

 

4th September – Vitality Big Half – London

We need enthusiastic supporters to help cheer our epic runners on as they take on the Vitality Big Half. With clappers, signs, and your voice we need you to give runners a boost at various points around the course. Whether you can give 1 hour or 4, we need your help!

 

11th September – Malton Open Day – Malton

Malton Open Day is one of our most well attended events every year. Local trainers kindly open their yards up to the public in the morning before everyone heads to Highfield Gallops for some family fun. Volunteers are needed to help sell and scan tickets, direct the public and park cars. Timings tbc but are usually 8am-1pm when you are then free to enjoy the fun on the Gallops.

 

11th September – Epsom Open Day – Epsom

An annual event, the Epsom Open Day sees local trainers welcome the public behind closed doors to meet some of the country’s best-known racehorses. From 8.45am until 1pm we need volunteers to help with selling and scanning tickets.

 

2nd October – London Marathon – London

We need enthusiastic supporters to help cheer our epic runners on as they take on the London Marathon. With clappers, signs, and your voice we need you to give runners a boost at various points around the course. Whether you can give 1 hour or 4, we need your help!

 

Employer Supported Volunteering

Employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is where the employees of an organisation take paid time off to volunteer during work hours. Employees can choose to use their volunteering time to support a charity or community group of their own choice, or to take up an opportunity provided by their company.

Speak to your employer or HR team to find out more.

Want to sign up?

Ready to join us as a volunteer or just looking for more information? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jen Gates on jgates@racingwelfare.co.uk or complete the form below.

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