Grants awarded to support police officer wellbeing
Gill Scott-Moore, Chief Executive of the Police Dependants’ Trust said: “The Wellbeing Grants are a new element to the support we provide to the police family and demonstrate our commitment to supporting serving officers.
“We were impressed by both the standard of the applications and the innovative approaches forces are taking to tackle health and wellbeing issues at a local level. There is a lot of good work being done, often by small teams of dedicated individuals, and we are proud to support them for the benefit of the wider police service.”
Six police forces successfully applied for Wellbeing Grants from the National Police Fund:
Kent and Essex Police received funding for their Feel Well, Live Well project; a confidential workshop-based programme which takes place once a week for four weeks. It gives officers and staff who are suffering from work-related stress the opportunity to talk about the issues affecting them, and equip them with simple coping strategies.
Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies were given a grant for their ForceFit programme of fitness and nutrition classes. The sessions were developed in response to officer’s concerns around fitness level requirements.
Kent Police received a grant towards the cost of creating a fitness area at the Coldharbour Police site. The bespoke circuits/ cross fit-based facility is likely to be the first of its kind in the Police community. It will be designed to help officers and staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle, reduce injuries and improve rehabilitation, as well as helping officers to remain fitter for longer. The facility will receive the support of accredited cross fit trainers and personal trainers from within the Force, who will support and educate colleagues in achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Sussex Police have been given a grant towards the cost of creating a dedicated cardiovascular (CV) fitness room. A defunct squash court will be used to create an area in which gym-goers can undertake CV work, abdominal exercises and stretches, away from an existing weight training area.
Lancashire Constabulary applied for a grant to develop a pilot study into resilience training efficacy for officers and staff. The project will provide evidence of best practice in terms of wellbeing enhancement, particularly personal resilience. The outcomes will be published and shared with forces across the country.
The second round of Wellbeing Grant funding is now open. Details have been circulated to Chief Constables but anyone interested in applying can email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The closing date for applications is 22 October 2015.