We are not here to talk about the iconic film The Raiders of the Lost Ark, where one of the characters describes the ark of the covenant, “The Bible speaks of the ark leveling mountains and laying waste to entire regions. An army which carries the ark before it is invincible!”
Well Team Police is certainly not an army and we are definitely not looking to lay waste to anything! We may not be invincible but we are certainly passionate about sport and supporting the fantastic people in policing.
The proposed Police Covenant, which is really welcome and overdue in our opinion, recognises the unique position that the Police hold in society and the fact they are often called upon to put their lives on the line on our behalf. It will focus on protection, health and wellbeing of all those working in policing, or retired (whether paid or volunteer) and their families.
An integral part of our health is being active in mind and body, and the ability for all in Policing to access, compete and undertake sport at any level is really important. Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing and there’s considerable research indicating that exercise can be of significant benefit in reducing anxiety and depression.
We hope that the Covenant will prove to be an important tool to help support our policing family and we’re excited that we will be discussing how the Covenant might increase sporting opportunities for the Police at our next webinar on the 8th December.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
8th DECEMBER 2020 (16.00-17.30)
‘Will the Police Covenant help increase the opportunity for sport in the police?’
Our series of webinars aims to get the conversation going between Policing leaders and other organisations who consider sporting activity as an essential element to wellbeing in the police. Each event will consist of a short inspirational story to highlight how sport is helping our police family followed by a panel discussion, led by senior police officers, with time for Q and A’s from the audience. Numbers are limited so sign up now!
SOURCES OF HELP FOR THE POLICING FAMILY
Oscar Kilo is the home of the National Police Wellbeing Service and brings assessment, learning and conversation about emergency services wellbeing into one place. Their services have been developed for policing, by policing and they are designed to meet the unique needs of officers and staff.
The Police Charities UK website acts as a single access point to find dedicated police charities within the United Kingdom. There are many charities across the UK set up to help improve the lives of those working within the emergency services. They do this by providing direct support to staff and their families, conducting research and lobbying government to effect change.
The Police Treatment Centres is a registered charity which provides treatment and support, including intensive, police-specific, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, for serving injured and ill police officers and retired officers. There are two Centres: St Andrews, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Castlebrae in Auchterarder, Perthshire. The Charity also offers a remote Physiotherapy service.
The Flint House Police Rehabilitation Centre in located in South Oxfordshire. It’s mission is to provide the highest standards of individually planned, rehabilitation services, for both mental and physical health, to warranted serving Police Officers, retired Police Officers, Special Constables, PCSOs, DDO’s MOD, BTP,and CNC Officers.
Police Care UK is a National Charity that supports both serving and retired Police Officers and Staff who have suffered physical and psychological harm, helping them recover and rebuild their lives. Policing has a lasting impact on the physical and psychological welfare of police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families. This can affect them both during and after their service.
Supporting Emergency & Essential workers with their mental health & wellbeing. To promote the physical and mental well-being of persons working for the emergency and essential services and their families across the United Kingdom by the provision of information, advice and guidance so that they are better able to manage the stress they encounter.
MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness, and promote understanding. They want to ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Call 4 Backup is a charity run by police – for police, which provides support, advice and direction on all manner of issues affecting the day to day lives of police officers, staff and volunteers. They have lots of different opportunities to volunteer or fundraise if you want to help and provide support to those who work in the Police service.
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