The Patron’s Lunch
The aim of the event was to recognise and highlight the work of the 600-plus charities that the Queen is Patron of or involved with. As well as marking a moment in history and acknowledging the support of our patron, we were keen to take the opportunity to bring together a small group our supporters to not only say thank you but to exchange thoughts in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
We were joined by Chief Officers, front line officers and members of the police family, all of whom have an interest in occupational and mental health.
Our CEO, Gill Scott-Moore, said: “It was a really positive day because we brought together a group of people who wouldn’t normally meet and exchange views. It was about shared interest; we are all interested in the welfare of the police service in different ways.
“We discussed fundraising opportunities, how we can spread the word about our work and research into injuries on duty, and ways we can work together to undertake pilot studies.”
Gill hopes the event will be a catalyst to a more regular sharing of views and experiences, for the benefit of the officers and families the charity supports:
“I would like to regularly bring people together from across the service to talk about how we best support officers who have suffered harm – whether that’s mental or physical injuries – in an informal and mixed setting. It’s a collaborative way of working which will enable us to develop services in response to what people tell us is needed.”
Pictured above are (from left to right): Chief Constable Giles York from Sussex Police; Denis Gunn, President of Care of Police Survivors; Claire Craigie, PDT Volunteer Manager; Rosemary Jeffers, Chair of OHNAPS (Occupational Health Nurses Advisors to the Police Service); Gill Scott-Moore, CEO of the PDT; Inspector Michael Brown OBE, @mentalhealthcop; Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, Chair of the PDT Board of Trustees; Lynne Owens, Director General of NCA; Commander Chris Greany, Trustee of the PDT. The photo was taken by @nathanconstable
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