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Help for people in need

Police Care UK helps serving and former police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families, get the practical, emotional, and financial support they need in a confidential and safe environment.

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What help is available to me?

Your needs are very different to those of anyone else we help. That's why we have provided some examples of the support available from Police Care UK, but if you don't see the help you think you need then the best thing to do is to fill out a referral form, and someone from our welfare team will get in touch with you to discuss your situation.

For more than 50 years, we have been a lifeline to people just like you, helping with a whole range of situations and needs, and the support we can provide continues long after you or a loved one has left the service.

Make a referral to Police Care UK

You can self-refer, or refer someone else for help from Police Care UK. 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)

Different support available from Police Care UK


Our confidential careline provides a range of counselling and pyschotherapy support for you and your family.

Adaptations grant

One of the most common forms of support we provide is funding towards adaptations to your home. This makes a massive difference to the quality of life for you and your family.

Advice and guidance

Sometimes life throws up something unexpected. Other times there are things that play on our minds. We've compiled a whole host of advice and guidance that is relevant to police and families.

Assistance grant

Financial support in times of need for things like furniture and white-goods, food and clothing, or support getting into a rental property.

Veterans' Peer support

Ill-health retirement is a difficult, traumatic, and emotionally challenging process to come to terms with that leaves many people feeling they are alone. That's why we've launched a new service (pilot currently in the North-West)

Specialist equipment grant

Enbling people to recover and rebuild their lives is important to Police Care UK. Part of that is to fund specialist equipment to improve you quality of life following injury. Apply for a specialist equipment grant now.

Educational bursaries

For children of police entering further or higher education, we can offer educational bursaries of up to £3,000 towards living costs.

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Reclaim Gift Aid

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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