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Haringey Response Team challenge – Update!

Climbing one mountain is a challenge, let alone three. But that is exactly what Emergency Response Team B in Haringey recently achieved when they completed the Three-Peak Challenge in support of The Police Dependants’ Trust. Following our story last month, we wanted to know how they had got on during their two day adventure from […]

Remembering fallen colleagues in Belfast

Belfast played host to the annual service of remembrance for fallen colleagues, with the PDT again supporting this important event for loved ones, colleagues, and a grateful nation.

Participants sought for new TV documentary on assaulted officers

The series, to be broadcast on Channel5 in the spring will take the viewing public through the impact of assault on frontline officers.

Ambassadors hit the road promoting the Trust in a busy month for the PDT

More than thirty events, conferences, wellbeing sessions, and briefings have been delivered by our Ambassadors in September.

Force Ambassador information day in Glasgow announced

The event is being held on 4th October for people interested in becoming a PDT Force Ambassador.

Northumbria Police put fitness first

Middle engine’s first ever gym opens thanks to funding from the PDT.

Response to the Common Goal for Wellbeing 2021 announcement

The Government has today published its common goal for police wellbeing in England and Wales, which it expects to deliver tangible results Nationally by 2021.

Record number of people apply to volunteer at the PDT

The Police Dependants’ Trust recently rolled out its Ambassador programme across the UK and received more applications than ever before to support the work of the Trust.

First PaDP wellbeing event at Portcullis House a success

Grahame Cole pays a visit to the PDT as part of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP) unit wellbeing event at Portcullis House.

PDT volunteer awards launched

To celebrate the positive impact they have on the lives of individuals and forces, we’re proud to announce our first Volunteer Awards.

How volunteering changes lives

I was someone who was reluctant to ask for help. I thought my situation wasn’t bad enough or that I shouldn’t get it. All things are possible if you ask for it.

Volunteers attend their tenth wellbeing event of the month

From Kent to Kilmarnock, May has been very busy for the volunteer Ambassadors of the Police Dependants’ Trust, attending over ten wellbeing events already this month.

Are you getting enough?

Police in Staffordshire are now better equipped to tackle sleep deprivation thanks to a sleep awareness project funded by the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Mental health training in Greater Manchester

Over 900 police officers have received training in stress management after attending wellness seminars funded by the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Emotional experience research project launched

Emotion Work is the effort we make to manage our emotions.  Sometimes we will suppress our genuine, inner emotions, whilst providing an outward display of the emotions expected of us. Other times we will attempt to feel the emotions expected of us in the given situation, ignoring our authentic emotions.  When all this is done [...]

CEO says it’s #timetotalk

As part of #timetotalk day, CEO Gill Scott-Moore gives her take on things right now.

Seeking your views on retiring from the Service

Surrey University would like to talk with former police officers about their experiences of retiring from the service.

The Policing mind at Christmas – tell us your experiences

Share your views on twitter so we can offer some support at this celebratory and yet challenging time of year for the service

Lancashire police contemplation room opens for stressed officers

Funded by a wellbeing grant from the Police Dependants Trust thanks to an application from PC Tim Dodgson

New management of trauma exposure project launched

New project to develop and test new approaches to the management of trauma exposure in policing

UpBeat! 2018 conference announced

Delivering practical solutions to the biggest problem in modern-day policing – the wellbeing of those on the frontline.

Former officer saved from the streets

A retired police officer from Scotland has thanked the PDT for saving him from homelessness.

Trust to attend Hornsey station open day

Community event on 5th August raising money for the Police Dependants’ Trust

Fallen colleagues honoured at the CoPS service of Remembrance

Trustee C/Supt. Gordon Crossan attended this special event representing the Trust.

Honest Burgers raise £2,212 for the Trust

The new branches honesty box saw customers donating their first burger purchase to the Trust.

Culture shift on post-traumatic stress needed

Findings from the post-traumatic stress in frontline policing conference published today.

Run the Royal Parks Half-Marathon for the Trust

We have 3 just places left for this stunning 13.1 mile race on 8th October 2017

New trauma resilience programme at Gwent

£150,000 from the 1in4 fund awarded to Gwent by the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Supporting loved ones after a major incident

Supporting a loved one who has been involved can be challenging for families and friends

Officer’s injured during #londonbridge attack

Four police officers were injured while protecting the public during the major incident on Saturday 3rd June at London Bridge.

Officer’s injured during #londonbridge attack

Four police officers were injured while protecting the public during the major incident on Saturday 3rd June at London Bridge.

Project supporting resilience coaches funded in GMP

£150,000 from the 1in4 fund to deliver much needed support to their network of over 120 wellbeing peer volunteers.

Unit looking into police mental health launched

Dr. Jessica Miller will be developing new programmes at the charity to improve the mental health and wellbeing of police officers.

Tobias Ellwood MP receives bravery award

The award was in recognition for attempting to save the life of PC Keith Palmer in Westminster on 22nd March 2017.

Humber bridge community run raises over £1,000

Community members and local police came together on April 22nd in aid of the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Baravellis egg to be raffled off for charity

The lovely people at Baravellis artisan chocolatier have donated a special easter egg for a raffle to raise funds for the charity.

Westminster attack – Latest information

As you have no doubt seen and read about in the press, a police officer was killed and three police officers seriously injured on Wednesday March 22nd at Westminster.

Fundraiser at New Scotland Yard with John Nichol

@PoliceCommander and @DC_ARVSgt will host an evening with  acclaimed author and former prisoner of war John Nichol .

Christmas Gift Guide

Happy December! As we approach Christmas inevitably it’s a time to reflect on the year and 2017 can only be described as extraordinary. We’ve seen the absolute best of policing throughout the UK with officers, staff and their families tested to the limit. Not only in the response to the horrific terror attacks in London and [...]

Supporting the service: new film highlights our work

We have launched a new film about our work which we hope will raise awareness of the varied support we can provide, and encourage officers and families to register with us. The 3:20 film features Hazel Barker, whose husband Bill lost his life in the Cumbria floods in 2009, and Margaret Gardhouse, whose son Daniel […]

Welfare That Works: Three things you can do TODAY

We have published the results of our research into the support that’s available when officers and staff suffer an injury on duty, along with a brand new film about our work. There are three simple things you can do TODAY to help us share the Welfare That Works message… Read our research reports: Our research […]

Research lays bare the scale of ‘invisible injuries’ in the police service

Research we funded into the injuries officers and staff suffer on duty has revealed that mental health illnesses are twice as likely to force them to take significant time off work than physical injuries. More than 10,000 officers and staff participated in our survey, which shows that of those taking a week off work because […]

Capita kindly supports 50th anniversary event

Long-standing suppliers to the police service, Capita, have made a generous donation towards the cost of tonight’s reception at the Tower of London to mark our 50th anniversary. We’re delighted to have their sponsorship and support, for what is a very important event for us and the officers and families we support. Nick Oliver, from […]

Cutting-edge thriller helps fund welfare support after a major incident

Detective-turned-novelist, David Videcette, has shared an initial donation from sales of his debut thriller – as well as some of the secrets of his eagerly awaited sequel. The Theseus Paradox follows the fictional tale of DI Jake Flannagan, under pressure to get a result in the 7 July London bombings case, whilst trying to cope with […]

How an injury on duty led to author Gerry Stewart publishing his first book

Having your policing career cut short because of an injury can be devastating, but it can also give you a whole new lease of life, as author and former officer Gerry Stewart (left) has discovered. He left Cumbria Constabulary in 2001 when the injury he sustained on duty meant he could no longer carry out […]

#dontstreamanddrive: Buy the tshirt and support our work

Show your support for the Don’t Stream and Drive campaign and help injured officers and police families who have lost a loved one. Twitter’s Sgt TCS has been campaigning to show the dangers of broadcasting over the internet (using apps like Periscope) while driving. Since the Don’t Stream and Drive day he organised in April, Sgt […]

The Red Snapper Group supports police families with generous donation

The Red Snapper Group (RSG) has made a generous donation of £10,000 to support our work with police officers and their families. RSG, a name familiar to the police family, is the market leading recruitment, media and training services provider dedicated to the law enforcement sector. We, like many others, are regular readers of Police […]

PDT Newsletter: past editions and sign up

Missed one of our newsletters? Past editions are available to read below: Issue 8 – September 2016 Issue 7 – June 2016 Issue 6 – May 2016 Issue 5 – May 2016 Issue 4 – April 2016 Issue 3 – February 2016 Issue 2 – December 2015 Issue 1 – July 2015 If you don’t yet receive our […]

New novel from Theseus Paradox author out soon

Rumour has it the next novel from former Met Police detective David Videcette will be hitting bookshelves soon so if you haven’t read his debut novel, The Theseus Paradox, what are you waiting for? The detective novel shows the 7/7 London bombings investigation in a new light and offers a ‘warts and all’ view of everyday life […]

Get your tickets for the first ThinBlueLineUK Ball

The first ever ThinBlueLineUK Ball takes place on Saturday 15 April at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. The event, which will raise money to support our work and that of Care of Police Survivors, is being organised by the volunteer behind the hugely popular ThinBlueLineUK. Not content with having already raised thousands of pounds, this dedicated […]

Your #firstfiver could help police families

If you’re a regular on Twitter, the hashtags #firstfiver and #fivergiver may be familiar to you. They’re certainly familiar to the donors who have already donated their first new five-pound note to support our work. The social media campaign evolved after John Thompson, a corporate fundraising consultant, posted a tweet pledging to give his first […]

National Police Memorial Day

It was an honour to support the annual National Police Memorial Service, which this year took place at St Paul’s Cathedral. More than two thousand people joined the service to mark the loss of family members, friends and colleagues who went to work but never returned home. The event was attended by HRH Prince Charles, […]

Met officers and staff raise dough with cake sale

A cake sale held MetCC Hendon, one of the Metropolitan Police’s three communications centres, has raised £180 in support of our work. Officers and staff munched their way through chocolate cakes, Victoria sponges and various homemade cupcakes, all in the name of charity. Cake definitely puts the fun into fundraising! Thanks to Jeff Hancock for […]

Officer urges colleagues to donate their pay rise

All police officers receive a 1% pay increase from today. One officer has donated his increase for the month to support our work, and is urging his colleagues to do that same. Neil, better known to his many Twitter followers as @SgtTCS donated £10 via our text giving service this morning. He told us: “We’re […]

50000 steps for our 50th anniversary

Tomorrow Paul Griffiths, Vice President of the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales will undertake one of his toughest physical tasks yet as he attempts the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the Police Dependants’ Trust. Paul will climb Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345 metres), Scafell Pike in England (978 metres) and Snowdon in […]

Countdown to the Three Peaks challenge

There are just days to go until Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths, Vice President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England Wales, tackles the Three Peaks in just 24 hours to mark the Police Dependants’ Trust’s 50th anniversary. Paul will climb Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345 metres), Scafell Pike in England (978 metres) and Snowdon in […]

The Patron’s Lunch

This weekend we joined thousands of people on The Mall in London for the Patron’s Lunch. The aim of the event was to recognise and highlight the work of the 600-plus charities that the Queen is Patron of or involved with. As well as marking a moment in history and acknowledging the support of our […]

Injured Police officer Lewis Pluck

My  life changed in an instant when my car hit black ice and skidded off the road. My wife and baby daughter were fast asleep at home blissfully unaware that I was trapped in the car with a broken neck and had just been paralysed below the chest. Everything slowed down. It happened in a […]

£3 million fund to improve mental health support launched

Over the next three years we will make £3 million available to help forces support those who suffer psychological harm as a result of their policing role. This announcement follows the publication of interim results from our Injury on Duty survey, which is being carried out by a team from the University of Surrey. The […]

Injury on duty survey: interim results released

The interim results of the survey we have funded into the support available to police officers following an injury on duty have been released. The responses of 8447 participants have been analysed and it was found that: 82% had suffered at least one physical or psychological injury during their service, of those 77% said their […]

Trust commits £180,000 to support officers’ mental wellbeing

The Trust is proud to have pledged more than £180,000 to a new programme which will support the mental health and wellbeing needs of police officers. We have committed £183,775 over three years to the Police Treatment Centres charity to further strengthen clinical leadership across all of its rehabilitation activities and develop and implement a […]

Grants awarded to support police officer wellbeing

Our first round of Wellbeing Grants have been agreed and we’re pleased to award almost £17,000 to local projects that support the health and wellbeing of police officers and staff. Gill Scott-Moore, Chief Executive of the Police Dependants’ Trust said: “The Wellbeing Grants are a new element to the support we provide to the police […]