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Racing Welfare

Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all people who work in racing - including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions - from their recruitment right through into retirement. The charity provides a wide range of advice and guidance services, all of which are completely confidential and non-judgemental. Support is available for a wide range of life’s challenges, including accidents, bereavement, career advice, housing, money advice, illness, addiction, relationships and retirement. Racing Welfare’s services are nationally accessible with offices in the main racing centres and roving Welfare Officers covering the whole of the country. Racing’s Support Line, a multi-channel helpline allows people to contact the charity online as well as through a 24hr telephone line. Website: www.racingwelfare.co.uk

31 January 2019
East of England
Local Alliances:
Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all people who work in racing – stud, stable and support staff; from their recruitment right through to retirement and beyond. Our support is available to everyone working in the thoroughbred and Arab racing industries, including point-to-point racing.

 We provide a comprehensive and non-judgemental Information, Advice and Guidance Service to all those who work or have worked in the horseracing industry.

In addition to this, Racing Welfare awards grant to individuals for a variety of goods or services to improve wellbeing and relieve financial crisis and hardship.  We offer an extensive support service which aims to support people through a wide range of life’s challenges, including:

  • Accidents and Injuries
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Bereavement
  • Debt and Benefits Advice
  • Housing Issues
  • Illness and Disability
  • Personal and Relationship Issues
  • Retirement
  • Careers Advice

We also have Racing Homes, which is the housing association that owns and manages properties on behalf of Racing Welfare, managing 144 properties across racing centres, including; Newmarket, Lambourn, Malton and Middleham.

Our portfolio focuses on providing properties for retired over 55 and young people between 16-24, providing both sheltered and general housing needs.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the wellbeing of people from the horseracing and thoroughbred breeding community, by providing enabling and proactive support throughout and after their working lives.

Our Vision

Our vision is that everyone from the horseracing and breeding industry and community feels supported and has the opportunity to thrive.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Racing Welfare has trained all welfare officers in the understanding of dementia. There are training plans to develop this into a full days training course. Racing Welfare will also ensure that all of the racing welfare team have an understanding of dementia.

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2. Actions

  • Improve understanding of dementia

    Our front line welfare officers all have dementia awareness training. 2019 will see awareness training will be passed to all other members of the Racing Welfare organisation. As well as more in depeth training for Welfare officers. 

  • Work in Partnership with Newmarket DAA

    Racing Welfare will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions and sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance.


  • Promote Dementia awareness & support group activities

    Racing Welfare will display the NDAA sticker and promotes the NDAA group in RW activities

    Being implemented