A wellbeing room is a space to decompress, process thoughts and defuse between incidents.
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A dictionary definition of wellbeing is 'the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy'.
A wellbeing space is a quiet, work-free area, that police officers and staff can use to take time away from everyday stresses to relax and look after themselves.
The difference between this type of room verses a general quiet room is the look and feel of the room, including sensory items such as projected lights and a sound system. Sitting in this room, with the blackout blinds down, ambient lighting, soft music and warm blankets surrounding you, enables you to be transported into a calm and relaxing world so you feel like you have time to deal with your own thoughts.
The need for these types of spaces was highlighted in the Job and the Life survey where 56% of officers and staff said they
never or rarely have time to make sense of an incident before moving on to the next job - and this was closely linked to how well
people thought trauma was being managed in their force.
In 2017 an officer in Lancashire approached Police Care UK with an idea. He needed a quiet space but there wasn’t an appropriate area in his station. In the end he got the force to agree to give him a space to adapt into something suitable and then applied to Police Care UK for funding towards the equipment and furniture to go in the room.
Whilst there was some anecdotal evidence on the benefits of these rooms, we wanted to know more and established the Police Care Rooms Project and set out to test the difference these rooms really make.
We partnered with Kent Police and two divisions in Police Scotland: Highlands and Islands Division, and Dumfries and Galloway Division. 16 rooms were identified in Kent and 18 across the two divisions in Scotland and we provided the items needed to create a suitable wellbeing space. On average we spent just over £1,250 per room.
To test the effect these rooms, a pre and post survey was conducted as well as collecting room usage forms. The pre survey was circulated in June – July 2019 and the same questions were used and circulated in April 2021 – August 2021.
We'll be publishing the full research on this project soon.