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Police Care Days

From time to time, the police service has to respond to some extraordinary and particularly challenging incidents. To help teams recover from some of the most difficult incidents, funding is available for Police Care Days that allow teams to take time out together to focus on their wellbeing.

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What is a Police Care Day?

Essentially it is just that, a day for police to care for themselves as a team. We know from our research that trauma exposoure in policing is as much about 'everyday' operational activity as it is about major incidents, and that the ability, space, and confidence to process this is under significant pressure.

There are many triggers within operational policing environments, including stations, locations etc. that form part of the experiences that need to be processed, and trying to do so in these environments can make it harder to recover.

That's why we developed a funding stream for teams who have had a particularly traumatic incident or sustained exposure to be able to access the support they need and the time to process it.

Make an enquiry

Just fill out this form and we'll get in touch.
Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 012 0030 (lines open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

What can we get funding for?

You know your team best, so we are flexible on what you choose to do. Some suggestions are included below, but your Police Care Day application will be different to another shift, team, unit, station, division, or force. In order to determine what is right, you need to talk to your team about what they would like to do, and then submit an enquiry.

We will then send you an applications form to complete, which needs to be signed off by a Superintendent or higher (this is to ensure abstractions can be accommodated in-force). More details about the process are included below.

Complementary therapies and mindfulness

Outdoor activities and fitness

Talking therapies and social time together

Frequently asked questions

Is there anything you won't fund?

For our Police Care Day programme, we wouldn't fund any of the following:

  • Counselling or psychotherapy (you can find out more about our conselling support here)
  • Activities that only benefit one person
  • Activities that take place outside the UK (an exception is made for PSNI where events take place in the Republic of Ireland)
  • Activites that cannot demonstrate a likely impact on wellbeing
  • Alcohol

How long will it take?

We aim to give you an answer within four weeks of your application submission, and expect delivery to be complete within three months of confirmation of funding.

How do we get time off for this?

Police Care UK are committed to empowering forces to do all they can to reduce the risk of harm in policing, but we are an independent charity. It is this very reason that we require the application to be signed off by a senior officer (Supt or higher) as the force will need to make arrangements for abstractions.

How does the money work?

After receiving approval of your application, your forces' finance team and the senior officer who signed the application will be notified. We reimburse the force for its expenditure against the grant application once we have received the evaluation, before and after surveys of participants, and have confirmation that the charitable activity has taken place.

Who to contact

For more information, please contact the organisational welfare team:

  • by email to welfare@policecare.org.uk or
  • by calling 0300 012 0030 (lines open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
  • by writing to: Organisational welfare team, Police Care UK, Nova Scotia House, 70 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6LQ
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