What we do
Compassion. Care. Support
If you need our help or you know someone who does, this is a brief introduction to, and summary of our services. Essentially, the IJF is there to give immediate advice and help, short or long term financial assistance, other forms of support and access to rehabilitation. We are there to help those in need and all actual or potential beneficiaries must recognise that whether or not we can help, and the extent of that help, will be at the discretion of the IJF acting in accordance with the Trust Deed, our Charitable Objects and those guidelines.
As a charity, we are monitored closely by both the Charity Commission and the Financial Conduct Authority and our independent Board of Trustees take their governance responsibilities extremely seriously.
In some cases, there will be a need for immediate action. For example we may be able to:
In other cases, the beneficiary’s needs may be longer lasting or may not have resulted from a recent injury (‘injury’ including mental as well as physical illness). Here we can:
Anyone who has held a racing licence issued by the BHA (and its predecessors) qualifies, as does any spouse, partner, child or dependant.
As has already been indicated, our help is not only available in respect of a particular or recent injury. That may be the more obvious examples of when we are needed but, since almost every jockey has had an injury at some stage and most have partners or dependants, the reality is that we are able to help a wide range of beneficiaries with a wide variety of needs.
We have a group of almoners who will usually be the first point of contact. To arrange please contact Head Office 01638 662246.
In the first instance, particularly in urgent cases, decisions will be taken by the Chief Executive. Usually, a request for such help will be made on the beneficiary’s behalf by an almoner. In other cases, especially above certain financial levels, the request will be presented to and considered by the Cases Committee of the Trustees.
We require all beneficiaries, without exception, to give full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances. This will enable an almoner to prepare an Income and Expenditure Report without which no request for assistance will be granted save in very exceptional circumstances (such as great urgency).
Actual or potential beneficiaries must also be prepared to tell their almoners (if they have one) or otherwise Head Office if their circumstances change.
The Trustees have established guidelines on the basic of which they exercise their absolute discretion as to whether (and if so, in what form) support can be given. For example, save in exceptional circumstances, we will not:
We never share any of your information with others unless your permission has been expressly given. You may, however, be expected to give full disclosure to us of (for example) your medical and employment history and must recognise that, if an application for support is to pursued, that information may have to be shared with those who have a legitimate interest in and need to have that information (most obviously, the Trustees on the Cases Committee).