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Police Dependants' Trust News
Edition 1 - July 2015
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NEWS: Research into support for injured officers commences

Research that we have funded into the support available to officers following an injury on duty is now underway and will help us to identify ways in which we can help more serving officers.

Researchers from the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey are mapping the support that is available to an officer when he or she is injured on duty. They are considering the help that is available both from within and outside of the police service, including statutory bodies and charities. This Autumn, serving and retired officers will be interviewed in detail and encouraged to share their experiences of suffering an injury on duty. We will also circulate an online survey so hundreds (if not thousands) more people can give their views.

This work will heavily influence our grants programme – so we can be sure we are doing what’s best for those who protect us – but we would hope its value will extend beyond the remit of the Trust and be used to inform activity to improve health and wellbeing across the police service.

To track our progress and see how you can get involved, why not follow us on Twitter and keep an eye out for the special research Twitter account soon.

FUNDRAISING: Police Awards


Not only did the 2015 Dorset Rotary Police Community Awards recognise and honour local officers, but raised £1850 to support our work.
Officers across the district were nominated by local people for having gone above and beyond the call of duty, or for having made a marked difference in their communities. Awards were handed out at a glittering ceremony in Bournemouth. We were chosen as the official charity for the event and are extremely grateful for the support of Dorset Rotary Clubs Districts 1110 and 1200.

You can see more photos, courtesy of Hattie Miles, on our Facebook page.

FUNDRAISING: Regular giving


Regular donations help us to plan for the future but some forces don't have a payroll giving system in place so, we're launching our own direct debit service.
If you serve with one of the following forces (and even if you don't!) you may like to know that you can now make a regular donation to us, by direct debit: 

Cheshire, City of London, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Dorset, Gwent, Hertfordshire, Metropolitan Police, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, Nottinghamshire, South Wales, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Thames Valley, West Mercia, West Midlands.

We're providing this safe and secure service through JustGiving, an organisation which will be familiar to many of you. Learn more about giving a regular gift or sign up now.

NEWS: Welfare fund on agenda at police health and wellbeing event


Our newest fund, aimed at supporting the welfare of officers after a major incident, was discussed in detail at our recent mental health and wellbeing event, held at Police Federation HQ.


The £250,000 National Welfare Contingency Fund was announced at the recent Police Federation Conference. It will allow all affected officers to have a personalised care plan following a major incident such as a plane crash or a mass shooting, for example.

Federation reps and senior occupational health staff were amongst those who attended our event last month and offered very useful feedback on how the fund could be used. Combat Stress delivered an enlightening presentation on the charity's PTSD support programme, BT explained how investing in staff welfare has made a huge difference to the company and DCC Andy Rhodes from Lancashire Police spoke about his work on, and commitment to, wellbeing in his force and beyond.

Our Chief Executive, Gill Scott-Moore said: “In times of crisis we appreciate how difficult it can be to bolster budgets for welfare and psychological support. We are making this fund available because we can, and because we believe it is the right thing to do to support officers in the most challenging of circumstances.

"We are pleased that news of the fund has been well-received so far and the feedback and suggestions from our recent training event will help us to develop the mechanisms for making his money available at the appropriate times."

The fund will be available to assist in cases where the National Police Coordination Centre (NPOCC) has been triggered in response to a major terrorist incident or a national incident requiring provision of significant mutual aid. We will liaise with staff at NPOCC, the Police Federation and Occupational Health but the final decision to release funds will rest with the Trust.

FUNDRAISING: Girl Cop novel


"A great read and a good deed" is how we're describing this novel about the life and loves of a female officer based in Bath.

Girl Cop in Trouble is the second novel in the Girl Cop series, penned by serving Avon and Somerset police officer Sandy Osborne. My Weekly magazine said: ‘fact meets fiction and becomes Bridget Jones in Uniform in this tale of the life and loves of a 90s police officer.’

A donation from the sale of each copy is made to both us and St Peter’s Hospice in Bath (in memory of an officer whose collar number Sandy uses for the novel's love interest). The book is available from Amazon and all good retailers in paperback and e book £9.99/£3.59.

SHOPPING: Give as you Live


Did you know, you can raise a FREE donation for us every time you shop? Give as you Live offers a simple way to raise money to support injured officers.

Here's how it works: visit our page on the Give as you Live website; sign up to support us; click a store you wish to shop at; shop as you would usually. It really is that easy. There are thousands of stores which give a percentage of your spend to us, at no cost to you!

So next time you pay for your weekly shop, treat the kids or book a holiday, you're also helping the families we support.

THANKS: Memorial Service


We were pleased to be invited to last month's service of remembrance, held by the Metropolitan Police.

Our CEO, Gill Scott-Moore, laid a wreath during the touching service, which served as a reminder of the sacrifice made by so many officers across London, including those whose deaths prompted the founding of the PDT; Sergeantt Christopher Head and Constables David Wombwell and Geoffrey Fox.

THANKS: NARPO course


A big thank you to NARPO for inviting us to speak at their recent annual Access to Support course.

NARPO reps provide a welfare service for retired colleagues and last month we travelled to Reading to speak to around 50 of them our work; given the recent changes to our grants we had plenty to discuss. We're also grateful to RPOAS (Retired Police Officers Assoc. of Scotland) for a similar opportunity earlier in the year.

INFO: About our grants


Find out more about the support available to injured officers and families of officers who have been killed on duty.
 

INFO: How to apply


Access our registration form and grant application form, along with our helpful guidance note which explain what we can fund.
 
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