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The Police Dependants’ Trust provides targeted support and financial assistance to injured officers and the families of officers who have been killed or injured on duty. Because each individuals’ need is different, we have developed a series of broad programmes designed to benefit as many people as possible. To date, we helped over 7000 people with targeted support and financial assistance.

In each section you can read more about the grants and other support we provide, how they make a difference, and how to apply. We have included guidance notes to help you complete your application, and have also compiled a short list of our frequently asked questions. Please note that we do not provide funding for medical treatment or surgery. We can provide access to counselling only through our specialist provider, Confidential Care, a service available to all our registered adult beneficiaries.

If you have any questions about the support we offer, or how to make an application, you can contact us here.

For frontline police officers and staff

Find out about our confidential welfare support for serving and former frontline policing personnel in need.

For loved ones

Support and financial assistance is available to loved ones financially dependant on someone in frontline policing

For children

Education bursaries and support is available for the children of injured police officers.

For organisations

Funding for wellbeing programmes aimed at supporting serving officers is available.

Help and advice

We’ve published a series of help guides to help with the pressures of frontline policing on you, your colleagues, and your family.

Get informed

Evidence and commissioned research on the effects of modern policing on its employees, and the impact this has on their wellbeing.

To apply for help, or to register with the Police Dependants' Trust, click here.

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Artist Stephen Green is on the way to starting his Master’s degree

Former Mounted Officer Stephen Green found solace in his love of art when faced with injury and ill-health retirement. Now, he has turned that passion into a university degree.

Rachel’s new career following injury on duty

I was beaten down, I was massively depressed and I couldn’t talk without crying all the time. Thankfully, I don’t have those thoughts now, and it’s because of the support and funding that the Police Dependants’ Trust has provided and I’ll be forever grateful.

Remembering PC Richard Gunn

I try to remember Richard’s voice, his laughter and his amazing wit. He was a wonderful son of whom I’ll always be extremely proud

How the Trust helped The Hickman Family

After his accident, my dad had to switch motorbikes for mobility scooters, and though this slowed down his pace of life, he didn’t let it to affect his spirit.

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.

Police Scotland gets double wellbeing package

The nest opens in Paisley, finally solving the problem of no space for officers and staff to process stressful events, or be privately debriefed.

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.

Backup Buddy launched in Surrey & Sussex

Police Dependants’ Trust grant funds new app supporting positive mental health.

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.

Injured traffic officer Peter Burnsall

When you loved being a police officer like I did, being forced to leave the job is like having your legs chopped from underneath you. In 1989 I was retired because of ill health and at 41 it felt like I was thrown on the scrap heap.

Injured Police officer Gerry Gee

I’d always wanted to join the police force, right from being a small child.

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

Former officer saved from the streets

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

New trauma resilience programme at Gwent

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

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.

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 […]

Rita Bhogal’s story

Alongside the many injured officers who seek support from the Police Dependants’ Trust are those families who are trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. Perviz Ahmed, who was known as Paj to his family and friends, was travelling home after his shift when he was involved in a collision. […]

Andy Hussey’s story

To his family Andy Hussey is undoubtedly one in a million. Having survived a broken neck he is also, in medical terms at least, one in three hundred thousand. Andy was on a routine nightshift when he and a colleague were called to reports of a man trying to commit suicide in the harbour. Another [...]

Elizabeth Beech’s story

Some incidents on duty leave police officers with physical scars. Other officers, like Elizabeth Beech’s former husband Robert, are left with mental scars which can be just as debilitating. Elizabeth Beech recalls how Robert, the father of her three children, had loved his job as a police officer. During his service he had spent time […]

Dave Powell’s story

Just a few years into what he hoped would be a long career in the police service, Dave Powell was facing up to the reality of spending life in a wheelchair. A police car Dave was a passenger in was travelling at about 70mph when it lost a wheel. The car left the road, clearing […]

Brian’s story

Brian suffered serious back injuries after being assaulted by a gang of youths. The mobility problems caused by his injuries were such that his police career was cut short.