What support do I get?
Racing grooms have access to support from many schemes and organisations.
Together, they offer you a better level of support and protection than grooms in any other equestrian discipline.
Racing Industry Accident and Benefits Scheme (RIABS)
for paid employees
The RIABS scheme gives you financial support if you have an accident whilst working for your racehorse trainer, on your way to work or if you are unable to return to work because of your injuries. There are also cash lump sums for the rare few who are permanently disabled or killed whilst at work.
You’ll need to contribute a small amount of your wages to RIABS, and your employer should do the same. At the time of writing this is £2.62 of your net wage per week. Some employers will contribute the full amount for you.
You can find full details of the scheme via the National Trainers Federation website.
How to contact RIABS
National Association of Racing Staff
The National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) is the independent certified trade union representing racing staff employed by licensed racehorse trainers. NARS is committed to improving pay, conditions of service and the overall employment position of racing staff, and represents racing staff on several racing industry committees.
As well as negotiating minimum rates of pay and working conditions, NARS also offer advice, guidance and representation to racing staff who have problems in the work place, such as disputes with employers and disciplinary support.
How to contact NARS
Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports and enhances the well-being of all stud, racing and support staff who work in Thoroughbred racing throughout and after their working lives; and the well-being of their dependents.
They give confidential advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including accidents, money, health, careers, relationships, housing and retirement.
How to contact Racing Welfare
You can live chat or email a question via the Racing Welfare website.
The Racing Centre
The Racing Centre is the hub for the racing community in Newmarket. By providing a range of advice and services and community development opportunities, it aims to improve the quality of life for people working within the horseracing industry predominantly in Newmarket.
The Racing Centre provides a subsidised fitness and injury rehabilitation service to racing staff helping to keep the workforce fit and healthy, and supporting them in returning to work after injury.
How to contact The Racing Centre
Racing Staff Week
Racing Staff Week celebrates the valuable contribution of racing staff and other racing staff to the British Horseracing industry. Developed by Racing Welfare, the week brings the organisations, racecourses and people working in the industry together to highlight the passion, skill and dedication required to work with racehorses. Throughout the week there are various races, events, prizes and competitions which racing staff can enter.
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