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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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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Police Care UK to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Police Care UK we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Police Care UK to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Police Care UK will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Police Care UK receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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