The horseracing industry in Scotland has been hugely progressive over the last few years. Lucinda Russells’ One For Arthur has been a real flag-bearer for Scottish racing in winning the 2017 Grand National but there are also a substantial number of trainers based in Scotland including Keith Dalgleish, Sandy Thompson and Iain Jardine to name just three. Behind-the-scenes at each of these Scottish training operations there is a team of dedicated stable staff who care for and exercise racehorses 365 days a year.
It is essential to support those at the heart of the industry and Racing Welfare is the only charity providing support to everyone employed in the horse racing and breeding industries - this includes wider support staff such as those employed on racecourses and the support applies from recruitment to retirement and beyond.
There is now a Welfare Officer, Lucy, working across Scotland to ensure that industry staff receive support to navigate life challenges such as accidents and injuries, mental health and wellbeing, money matters, relationships and retirement. It is hoped that through raising awareness of the charity and developing community events that everyone who is, or has been employed in the industry feels that they have the support that they need.
The team at Racing Welfare recognise that loneliness and isolation can be hugely debilitating to health and wellbeing, this may be particularly relevant across Scotland where many people live rurally with poor transport links. As such, as well as providing ongoing support to those currently working in the industry, Racing Welfare also runs a programme of coffee mornings, outings and holidays for those retired from the industry. The charity has have also just launched a free telephone befriending service, “Be Friendly”, which is available for anyone currently or previously employed in the horseracing industry and would benefit from regular phone calls. This can be accessed by calling the helpline number below.
Racing Welfare has a 24hr digital and telephone helpline “Racing’s Support Line” which you can contact to find out more about any of the charity’s services by calling 0800 6300 443 or visiting www.racingwelfare.co.uk