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.

Initially rolled out in 6 forces during 2017, the scheme which sees people volunteer to be an Ambassador for the Trust in their own force was recently expanded to cover the whole of the UK after receiving 52 applications to volunteer.

Volunteer manager Claire Craigie said, “The number of applications has been amazing, there are so many people who want to support their colleagues and promote the help available from the PDT in their local area.”

“We were hoping for a dozen or so applications over the year, but we have received 52 in the first five months – I can hardly believe it.”

Volunteer Ambassadors help promote the support available to all frontline colleagues across the UK from the PDT by attending training and induction sessions, holding information stands at events in force, and generally promoting the PDT through local channels.

Police Dependants’ Trust Chair of Trustees, Tim Jackson QPM said, “The PDT has been supporting colleagues for over 52 years, but we know that there are people out there who need our help and don’t know we exist. Thanks to the volunteer Ambassadors, we are now promoting the message across 24 forces. The next challenge is to get total coverage, then to grow the network further so that every frontline colleague knows that there is help out there.”

To find out whether your force is covered, click here and visit our volunteer Ambassador page.