Oscar Kilo wellbeing van touring Force area next week

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, is sending its wellbeing van to the Force next week and members with any concerns are being urged to pay it a visit.

The van, which aims to deliver physical, psychological and financial health checks to officers and staff, will be in the Carmarthenshire local policing area on Monday (17) and Tuesday (18 January), Pembrokeshire on Thursday (20 January), Powys on Friday (21 January) and Ceredigion on Saturday (22 January).  

Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins said: “This visit has been arranged by the Neighbourhood Police Team and I would encourage Federation members to go along and meet the Oscar Kilo team and check out what is on offer in terms of officer wellbeing.

“We all want the New Year to get off to a positive start so I think it is important for any of our members who might feel they need some extra support to make sure they know the wide range of options open to them.

“The vans showcase the services available should members ever need support, whether that be in relation to their mental or physical health, finances, advice about work-life balance, or anything else for that matter.

The Oscar Kilo wellbeing van is in the Force area next week

“And it’s not just for people who need support or advice. Police officers and staff can pop over for five minutes, have a look around and maybe take some information away in case they, or a member of their team, need that support in the future.

“But if anyone does need advice or support, the van will be staffed with people who can help there and then or signpost out to the places that can.

“And, of course, the wellbeing team at Dyfed Powys Police Federation is always available for members who have any welfare concerns.”

The National Police Wellbeing Service was launched in 2019 to provide support and guidance for police forces across England and Wales to improve and build organisational wellbeing.  

Its vans are supported by occupational health staff from the host force which often deploys an extended support team which may include financial advisers, the Police Federation, chaplaincy members, trades unions and staff support networks.

Research and feedback has revealed officers and staff often do not feel they have the time in their day to seek advice or support for their own wellbeing so these vans have been introduced so forces can bring their wellbeing services to the frontline.