About Racing's 'Be Friendly' Service
What is Be Friendly?
Are you feeling lonely or isolated? Here at Racing Welfare we provide a telephone befriending service for vulnerable, lonely or isolated people within the horseracing industry. Our caring and compassionate advisors are here to support you if you ever feel alone.
The Be Friendly helpline will call you on a regular basis for a friendly chat and to make sure you are OK.
Who is the service for?
Be Friendly is for anyone who works in or has retired from the Thoroughbred racing industry including their close dependants. There is no need to ever feel alone as we are only a phone call away.
How does Be Friendly help?
Loneliness can be very distressing and we are aware that it can be a major contributory factor leading to serious health problems. In 2018, research carried out by the BBC showed that levels of loneliness are highest among 16-24 year olds with 40% saying they often or very often felt lonely. The research also showed overall that loneliness is no worse in winter than at any other time of year.
Telephone befriending services have been shown to have a positive impact upon participants' mental well-being. In a report from Befriending Networks, a study including 123 service users showed that 76% of participants felt better about themselves and 71% felt more confident since joining a befriending scheme.
You can read case studies by those who have used Racing's Be Friendly Service.
How to sign up to Be Friendly
If you would like to sign up to our Be Friendly service you can call Racing Welfare's 24-hour helpline on:
The service is completely free and fully confidential.