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12 May 2023
A new bereavement counselling service has been launched to support Gwent Police Federation members struggling with grief following the death of a colleague in the line of duty or by suicide.
Gwent Police Federation members and their families can access free support thanks to a new partnership between National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo, and bereavement support organisation Just ‘B’.
The service has been welcomed by branch chair Matthew Candy.
He said: “Policing is a unique job and teams are close-knit units through their shared experiences, so losing a colleague can have a huge impact.
“There’s no right or wrong way to grieve or deal with bereavement, but it’s reassuring to know that should the unthinkable happen then support is there for officers and their families should they need it.
“And it’s great that the support is funded by Oscar Kilo and available for free to all members.”
Andy Rhodes, Oscar Kilo service director, said: “We have established this service with Just ‘B’ as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering key elements of the Police Covenant, ensuring that all police forces have options to be able to provide more support to officers, staff, but also their families.”
The bereavement counselling service is free. It’s being funded by Oscar Kilo as part of its work to deliver the Police Covenant and increase the support for police officers and staff and their families.
Counselling will be delivered face-to-face, online or on the phone. A referral will most likely be made by the Force’s occupational health or wellbeing team, following the usual process that is involved when a police officer or member of staff dies in the line of duty or by suicide.
The service includes:
Just ‘B’ chief executive Tony Collins said: “Our tailored support will be there for police officers, staff and their families across the 43 police forces, ensuring it can be accessed during a time when it’s most needed following a death in service or by suicide, with our specialist support provided alongside existing structures in place.”
If you feel you need additional bereavement or wellbeing support then please speak to your line manager or contact the Federation.