8 May 2021
Oscar Kilo’s wellbeing van is being deployed across Derbyshire during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 10 to 16 May.
The van is part of a range of support available from the national police wellbeing service.
It provides a platform for officers and staff to access physical, psychological and financial health checks.
It also provides them with an opportunity to find out about services available to them in case they need support for their mental or physical health, finances, or advice about work-life balance.
If you don’t need advice or support you can still pop in, spend some time looking around and take some information away in case it’s needed in the future.
Derbyshire Police Federation branch chair Tony Wetton is due to attend each day to chat to officers about the work of the Federation. He’s set to be joined at points during the tour by representatives from Force HR, UNISON, Police Mutual, Health Assured and the Derbyshire Benevolent Trust.
Tony said: “We want to make sure that our officers and staff, who have done a fantastic job protecting the public throughout the pandemic, have the access they need to physical, psychological and financial support.
“The wellbeing van does just that and by taking it on tour across the Force area it as accessible for as many people as possible. Pop by and find out about the support and services on offer,” he added.
The van’s tour of the county started off on Friday (7 May) in Ellison Street, Glossop and The Silverlands, Buxton.
On Monday (10 May) the wellbeing van is in Beetwell Street, Chesterfield and Pilsley Road, Clay Cross.
Tuesday (11 May) sees the van visit Bank Road, Matlock and Wyatt’s Way Police Station in Ripley.
Cotton Lane in Derby and St Mary’s Wharf are the destinations on Wednesday (12 May) before the wellbeing van heads to Civic Way, Swadlincote and St Mary’s Wharf the following day.
It completes its tour on Friday (14 May) with visits to Heanor Road, Ilkeston and Force Headquarters in Ripley.