Club Welfare

While safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone within the club, West 4 Harriers have two Welfare Officers: Jane and Rich who you can call upon when needed.

Club Welfare Officers  play a key role in ensuring that that club members have a safe and positive experience at their club.  Welfare Officers are key to all members knowing what to do and who to speak to if they have a concern about safeguarding, club discipline or about their own welfare.

We have our own confidential email address

Please get in touch if you need anything, if you only want one of us to read it, put our name in the title.

Here are some resources that may be of help:

Firstly if the concern is of an urgent nature dial 999.

UK Athletics Safeguarding If you have an athletics safeguarding concern, fill in this for for UKA to take action.

Ann Craft Trust has lots of useful resources and advice with regard to safeguarding children and adults.


Samaritans.  Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face. 

Mind infoline.  Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind has around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services. 

Rethink Mental Illness advice line.  Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland. 

Saneline.  Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them. 

The Mix.  The Mix provides judgement-free information and support to young people aged 13-25 on a range of issues including mental health problems. Young people can access the The Mix’s support via phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services. 

Side by Side.  Side by Side is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, and this is a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Our ‘Being active’ theme helps community members easily share and find content about being active, to motivate, inspire and support each other. 

Beat Eating DisordersProvides support for people with eating orders. They also support family and friends, equipping them with essential skills and advice, so they can help their loved ones recover whilst also looking after their own mental health. 

Refuge National Domestic Abuse HelplineProvides a helpline and support to help victims of domestic abuse.

Health conditions 

A persons wellbeing may also be affected by long term health conditions.  These charities offer specific support for those conditions: 

Alzhimer’s Society 

Diabetes UK 

British Heart Foundation 

Parkinson’s UK 

Cancer Research UK