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Gwent Police Federation

Welfare Support Programme offers support for Federation members

25 October 2022

Don’t suffer in silence. That’s the message from Gwent Police Federation chair Matthew Candy for members who are struggling with their emotional and mental health.

Matthew said there are a number of issues facing members at work and at home that could have an impact on their wellbeing.

He encouraged colleagues to look out for each other, adding that the Federation will support members who may be struggling with their mental health.

Matthew said: “Policing is a unique job in society and we’re often exposed to difficult or traumatic situations. Add to that the fact members are facing unprecedented demands on their time at work and on their income at home because of soaring inflation and rising energy bills, and it’s bound to have an impact on some.

“We would encourage members to look out for each other, as often they’re the best placed to know if someone is struggling.

“And if they are then the Federation is here to support you. Our reps are a valuable first point of call and can help you access help.

“Don‘t suffer in silence – your Federation is here to help you.”

That help includes the Federation’s Welfare Support Programme. It’s run by Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), an independent charity providing medical welfare to the armed forces, veterans, NHS staff and emergency services.

The programme offers a wide range of confidential and independent services from clinical assessments to counselling with fully trained and accredited professionals.

More than 500 members have received timely and ongoing mental health support through DMWS since it started provided the programme in December 2020.

The Federation has announced it is continuing to work with DMWS until at least December 2023.

The Welfare Support Programme provides:

  • Practical and mental support
  • Clinical assessments and dedicated counselling
  • Person-centred support (via telephone or face-to-face
  • Access to fully trained and accredited professionals
  • Independent and confidential support
  • Referrals to appropriate follow-on specialist support.

The Federation has received testimonials from members who have been supported by DMWS.

“That kind of support is priceless, and I count myself as being very lucky to have been provided with such help and support from such an amazing charity,” said one member, adding: “I want it to be known what a difference it has made to me – especially when I have felt unsupported by others.”

Find out more by contacting the Gwent Police Federation branch.