Oscar Kilo van promotes wellbeing message

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, has been touring the Force area with its wellbeing van.

The van, which delivers physical, psychological and financial health checks for officers and staff, visited Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Ceredigion.

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones and wellbeing lead Dai Gaskins both spent time with the van. 

Dai said: “This visit was arranged by the Neighbourhood Police Team and gave officers and staff the opportunity to go along and meet the Oscar Kilo team and check out what is on offer in terms of officer wellbeing.

“I joined the team on the van when it visited Newtown and Aberystwyth and Gareth went along to Cardigan Police Station.  We found it to be a very professionally run operation with a lot to offer our members.

“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.

“I know that members sometimes find it difficult to take that first step and as for help and support.

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

The Oscar Kilo van has been on tour in the Force area

The van visited visited Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys and Ceredigion

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 have 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.