We’re very pleased to launch Police Care UK’s 2020/21 Impact Report. As we reflect on a year which brought challenges none of us could have every imagined, whether these have been personal, professional, organisational or indeed all three, it turned out to be a very different year to the one we all hoped for. We saw unprecedented times for both our charity and, more importantly, the people we help. With police officers exposed to significant new challenges; new threats of harm with criminals weaponising the virus and an increase in reported assaults; a hostile media intent on negative reporting and; an absence of support from a government.
Despite everything that was thrown at us, we couldn’t be prouder of all that we achieved as we continued to operate throughout the year and help more people than ever, quickly adapting to remote home working and responding to a 36% increase in contacts. Our welfare team assisted people needing help, our Peer Support Project and our pioneering Trauma Impact Processing Techniques (TIPT) were adapted to online delivery and, conscious of the risks of social isolation, we trained some of our volunteers to undertake check-in-calls with beneficiaries.
Our specialist counselling service saw a massive increase, with more than 5300 sessions delivered, up almost 900%. This growth reaffirms our commitment to bring focus to the psychological impact of exposure to trauma on the men and women of policing through research, TIPT training and improving access to therapies.
There were of course bumps in the road. Some grant funded projects in forces were paused due to the new demand on them to police the pandemic and many of our volunteer activities were paused due to Covid19 restrictions. The various lockdowns meant we saw fewer people coming to us for assistance grants to help with, for example, property adaptations and special equipment linked to their injury. Our fundraising ambitions – necessary to address our underlying deficit and our ongoing call on reserves – were severely curtailed and we would like to thank everyone who donated and supported our work throughout a difficult year. Your support has never been more needed as we continue to enable our police to be better prepared for the stark challenges and risks of modern day policing and ensure that those who carry physical and psychological scars have somewhere to turn to when things get tough. If you would like to help us to continue providing our vital services to the people in our police community, you can get involved by:
- Becoming a Friend of Police care UK
- Taking part in a fundraising event
- Joining us as a corporate partner
Finally, we would like to thank every single member of the UK policing community for their commitment and hard work over the last year.