Police Scotland gets double wellbeing package

The improvement of wellbeing facilities is welcome news in any force, so when funding for two new welfare rooms in Paisley was approved, police were delighted. The work, funded by the Police Dependants’ Trust, includes a break-out area called The Nest Room, which opened last month, and a new meditation area due to be completed in June.

Chief Inspector Martin Gallagher spearheaded the project with the hope of creating spaces police would find useful throughout their shifts. The previous leisure area had fallen into a state of disrepair, leaving police without a place to relax during their breaks. There was also no space for officers and staff to process stressful events, or be privately debriefed.

The need for a room for the latter was of concern for Gallagher: “We needed to provide a comfortable private space where officers can be debriefed after dealing with a traumatic incident, or sometimes to just have a bit of private time,” he explained. “These conversations were often happening in the Response Sergeants’ room, which was not ideal.”

The new quiet room will include a mood lighting and reading material on dealing with stress and anxiety. New furniture and a radio and speaker has also been bought for The Nest Room.

Feedback for the projects has been overwhelmingly positive from Paisley’s 250 staff and officers while on duty.