PDT Volunteers make an impact
Since October 2016, the Trust has been building a network of volunteers raising awareness of the Trust in local force areas. We began with eight forces (Lancashire, Thames Valley, Hampshire, Scotland, South Wales, Kent, Sussex, and the Met), and will be building up over the next few years to cover all 48 forces across the UK. Now formally established, over twenty Police Dependants’ Trust volunteers, staff and trustees gathered in Windsor last month for our first ever Volunteer Conference focussed learning the lessons, looking to the future, and sharing the plans for growth.
The conference included sessions about the strengths of the Programme and the plans to expand into eight more forces this year, our fundraising plans for the year, and on our research into the police mind. Other sessions included sharing successes, making improvements, and forward planning for the year ahead.
Development and Impact Manager Claire Craigie also announced plans to expand into eight new forces over the coming year:
Their duties will include developing and maintaining relationships within their local force that benefit injured officers, distributing information about the trust and helping local beneficiaries apply for support.
Speaking of the expansion, Claire said: “Volunteering with us is a great opportunity to support your local force and your colleagues. Being an Ambassador for the Trust gets you out and about, sees you talking to new and old colleagues, and generally championing the Trust for those affected by injury on duty.”
To find out more about how to become an Ambassador in your force, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8941 6907.