Greater support for St George's beneficiaries as new Benefits introduced
Trustees at the St George's Police Children Trust met recently to review the donation rate together with the future direction and possible expansion of services for the Trust moving forward. We are delighted to announce a number of changes and additional benefits available to Beneficiaries from January 2018. These additional benefits will apply for all existing beneficiaries and future beneficiaries.
The St George's Police Children Trust currently supports the children of Police Officers who have either lost their life or suffered an injury or illness that means they can no longer work. In the last year, support has been given to more than 300 children and young people helping them to have the same chances in life that we would want for our own families.
For some time suggestions have been coming forward from current beneficiaries for ideas around additional support or where they felt there was a gap in support on the back of their particular circumstances. After much discussion the Trustees have made a significant change to increase the support offered by the Trust, as we continue to work hard to find innovative ways to adapt to the ever-changing policing landscape.
In order for us to be able to offer this extra provision, the weekly donation rate to the St George's Police Children Trust will increase from January 2018. This will enable the Trust to be financially viable over the next few years and allow the Trust to improve the support and service to the wider Police Family. The weekly donation rate has increased from 20pence to 35pence. This equates to £1.50 per month, or £1.40 per four weeks. Please note this is the first increase in the SGPCT donation rate since 2011.
From January 2018 the following new benefits will be made available to beneficiaries:
The eligibility will be widened to include children of Police Families where the Partner of a Police officer has lost their life. The Trustees understands that the death of partners affects income received by the family and therefore impacts the children, and thus support should be offered in this instance.
The Registration Grant, renamed as the New Beneficiary Grant, will be increased from £100 to £1000 per child to provide more immediate financial relief.
The application will then be considered on its full merit at the next Board of Trustees meeting (held quarterly in February, May, August and November) and a decision in regard to payment of support allowances and grants to beneficiaries will be made.
A new Driving Lesson Grant will be made available to beneficiaries from the age of 17 up to 25, to help with the cost of learning to drive. The support is capped at £1000 per child.
A new Child Counselling Grant will offer financial support to all beneficiaries who wish to access counselling to support a child or family through a bereavement or difficult time. This support can be accessed at any time, up to the age of 25, and not only immediately after the specific event.
Full specifics and application details are included in the St George's Police Children Trust User Guide which I have attached for your reference, and can also be found on the St George's Police Children Trust website.
All existing benefits such as Weekly Maintenance Grants, Seasonal grants, Higher Education Grants payable at £500 per term and a free one week stay each year at St George's House in Harrogate will remain in place. Beneficiaries will also be able to continue to apply for Ex Gratia Grants from the Trust.
Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust Administrator via firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Donor Recruitment and Charity Engagement Team on Fundraising@StGeorgesPoliceChildrenTrust.org
We also plan to hold an information event in the new year for anyone that wishes to learn more about St George's Police Children Trust and how they can help promote the Trust. Please contact me directly should you be interested in attending.
Thank you for your support and we hope that you will continue to support the Trust that not only supports you but also your colleagues.
Students from Nelson and Colne College presenting John Ainsworth
with funds raised for the NWPBF
Each month the payslips of the majority of our police officers will indicate a voluntary deduction to the North West Police Benevolent Fund and The Police Treatment Centres. You may well ask, "what do I get for my money?".
Year on year around one in three police officers are injured whilst on duty. We hope this information will reassure all officers that their hard earned cash is being well invested.
The Fund Members
In 1974 when the North West Police Benevolent Fund was founded, it was believed to have been the first time in the history of the British Police Service that three large Police Forces (GMP, Cheshire Constabulary and Merseyside Police) had brought together independent welfare funds and combined them into one fund. Later the Fund was joined by Lancashire Constabulary, NCA (National Crime Agency) and Cumbria Constabulary
The majority of serving officers in the six constituent organisations, contribute to the Fund.
What is the Object of the Fund?
The object of the fund is to assist members when they are in need. None of us know when we, or members of our family, will find themselves in need a family crisis, a sudden bereavement, an unexpected illness. Such things do not just affect pensioners, we are all vulnerable to life's events!
It is comforting to know that the North West Police Benevolent Fund is there to care and support. In plain English, the fund provides the following services for members and their dependant families, Police Pensioners and widow(er)s.
What the Fund Provides
In plain English - the fund provides the following services for members, their families, police pensioners, widows, widowers and surviving partners.
The Physiotherapy service is based at St. Michael's Lodge in Langho, Near Clitheroe and at other satellite locations in other subscribing Force areas
This facility alone should convince serving Officers of the benefit of being a member of the fund. Policing is an uncertain job that was one aspect which I am sure attracted many of us to join in the first instance, but at any time illness or injury might present itself to us as individuals or to our families.
The below accommodation is wholly owned by the fund and can be reserved in one of two manners;
You can either pay a reservation fee at the attractive low rates or in circumstances where attendance at one of the lodges would be beneficial to you for recuperative purposes subject to medical certification, the lodges are available free of charge.
Further details and booking forms are available from the Secretary
Loans and Grants
Members, dependents, surviving partners and widow(er)s who are in need can be helped by way of a monetary grant or interest free loan to pay for items or services which will alleviate their suffering and generally assist them. (Does not cover private health care, nursing home fees, private education or legal fees). Each month the management committee meet to consider such applications to decide whether a grant or loan should be made.
In the event of the death of a serving police officer, the sum of £5,000 is paid to the dependants within a working day of the notification of the death. Whilst appreciating that money is no consolation for the loss of a loved one, it is comforting to know that one's dependants' immediate expenses will be provided for by the Fund
A counselling service is available on a self-referral basis only for further information on how to apply please visit our 'publications' page
The Fund has purchased a number of wheelchairs which are available for loan on a temporary basis for members with short term injuries or mobility issues
For more information visit the website www.nwpbf.org
The Police Treatment Centres is a registered charity which provides treatment and support, including intensive, police-specific, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, for injured and ill police officers and retired officers.
Police officers are very often the first responders to serious accidents and dangerous incidents, dealing with death, distress and aggression. They have to see and hear things that other members of the public would simply not be able to cope with (- Martis Media/Police Oracle). The Police Treatment Centres provide police specific treatment for any on or off duty injury. Whether it is a physical injury, or stress, depression, anxiety related, treatment is provided to help them recover and aid their return back to work.
Almost 4000 serving and retired officers attend one of the two Treatment Centres each year at either St Andrews, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, or Castlebrae in Auchterarder, Perthshire.
For just a small donation you could have the comfort of knowing we will be there for you if you are injured or ill, through treatment, support & recuperation, including intensive, police-specific, physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Don't forget, it doesn't matter if your injury occurs on or off duty - it could have occurred playing football or even walking the dog.
Around 60% of the Police Family members within our service area contribute to the PTC and so are eligible for free treatment.
If you are in the minority who don't, take a fresh look at the PTCs and see how you too could benefit from what we can offer.
To find out more about the work we do and why your support is so valuable, view our short film click here www.thepolicetreatmentcentres.org
The St George's Police Children Trust
This is a national fund.
A registered Charity run from St Andrews (the Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate).
We try and help ease the financial pressures of bringing up a family when life changing circumstances such as the loss of either parent or an injury or illness to the Police Officer parent means they can no longer work.
Financial support to Police Officer's children and young people is provided by the Charity throughout their school years and in many cases, into further education. More than 300 children are supported every year.
Support is of a financial nature and may range from a weekly allowance for each child in the family, support through further and higher education, driving lesson grants, support for child counselling and ex-gratia grants for necessary activities or items.
While no amount of money can replace a parent, support from the Trust can provide a degree of financial certainty in difficult times.
We now also offer a one week's respite stay at our holiday home in Harrogate to all new beneficiaries and / or subsequent visits at discounted rates. Our holiday home aims to provide an opportunity for families to come together and escape the recent stresses they might be facing at home. For further information click here www.stgeorgespolicechildrentrust.org