From the CEO – February 2018

As I write this, snowed in and waiting for the path to clear, I am forced to reflect on the fact that it is almost March and it still feels like the first week in January (the weather obviously doesn’t help).

This year promises to be another busy one for the Trust both in terms of our strategic work to improve police wellbeing and our direct assistance to injured colleagues and their families – since January we’ve had 15 new applications for support, making it our busiest start to the year for some time. Later on, Jennifer shares her story about how the Trust has helped, including the valuable role played by our volunteers.

2018 kicked off with a round table discussion on 16th January chaired by the Rt. Hon. Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, about the wellbeing needs of the service. Arguably long overdue, my sense is that there was a genuine desire in the room to achieve improvements.

January also saw our growing band of highly motivated volunteers meet in Windsor to share their experiences volunteering with the Trust, the successes and challenges locally, and to hear about the Trust’s plans for the future. You can read about our volunteers in this edition, and find out why you should consider becoming a volunteer in your force this year.

We have also been hard at work on the planning for our wellbeing conference – UpBeat! Collaborating with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), we’ll be talking about a number of ongoing National and local initiatives on wellbeing, as well as some new ones, with 200 delegates from across the service.

You can read a case study of a wellbeing initiative in Staffordshire we recently funded that is all about getting enough – sleep that is – something our research has highlighted as a significant problem. Hopefully though, not whilst you are reading this.

We are really looking forward to the Thin Blue Line UK Ball at the Titanic Belfast on 28th April, which is raising funds for the Trust and CoPS – with over 300 tickets already sold, we know it’s going to be a fabulous night of craic and live music. Details are below on how to buy your tickets, but there aren’t many left so you’ll have to be quick.

As always, the Police Dependants’ Trust is here to support those injured on frontline duties, and to care for those left behind – if you know of a colleague, serving or retired, who is struggling with physical or psychological injury, tell them to get in touch. It might just be the best non-Christmas present you give them this February.

With my very best wishes,