A free helpline has been launched to support the health and wellbeing of Grooms.

As part of the on-going Groom’s Minds mental health awareness project, the British Grooms Association (BGA) have launched the Groom’s Minds Support Line – supported by Racing Welfare, a telephone helpline for BGA members.

The free helpline is a significant step forward for the equestrian industry and has been provided for those grooms having challenges within the workplace, or life in general, and who need someone to talk to.

It offers callers confidential support and advice on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues, provided by trained helpers.

British Grooms Association Launches Groom’s Minds Support Line

Simone Sear, Director of Welfare at Racing Welfare said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with the British Grooms Association on this project. We recognise that a number of the BGA’s members will fall under the care of both organisations and as such we are very happy to be able to offer assistance to its members through our established support line. We look forward to developing our partnership with the BGA and feel that building associations between racing with the wider equestrian community, combined with the sharing of knowledge and resources that goes with this, can only be a positive for those working within the equine industry as a whole.”

British Grooms Association Launches Groom’s Minds Support Line

Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the BGA added, “A survey conducted by the BGA in October 2017 revealed that over 70% of grooms have been bullied (including being the recipient of derogatory comments) within the workplace, either by their employer or by fellow workers and 83% of grooms who responded are suffering from stress and/or mental wellbeing problems. The provision of the Groom’s Minds Support Line is a significant step forward in offering grooms across the industry the fundamental emotional support they need and one we are exceptionally proud to be able to provide.”

The Groom’s Minds Support Line offers a 24 hour, 7 days a week service, with a trained helper always ready to talk. To find out how to access the support line go to britishgrooms.org.uk/grooms-minds.

For further support and advice please contact our Safe Guarding Officer, Nicky McDonald, on 07795 841 932 or email nicky.mcdonald@haddontraining.co.uk.