Wellbeing seminars: book your place

Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe is urging members to focus on their own welfare and wellbeing with the help of a series of webinars.

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service, is putting together a series of online events to support police officers and staff with their physical and mental health.

Steve is encouraging members to take time for themselves by logging onto some of the sessions.

“It has been a relentless year for our members and the challenges and pressures continue to come at us as we police the pandemic,” he said.

“It is absolutely vital we look after ourselves and take time for ourselves and our mental and physical wellbeing which is why I welcome the webinars that Oscar Kilo is putting together to help officers and staff with a range of issues such as resilience, sleep and wellbeing.”

The first webinar called Duty of Self Care was held on Tuesday (9 February) at 1pm. It will examine serving the public, the impact of the job on your mental health and how to look after yourself to avoid burn-out.

The second webinar - The Masks We Wear – takes place on 15 March at 11am and looks at how we present ourselves and respond to others.

They are hosted by BACP-accredited psychotherapist Alexis Powell-Howard, of Grimsby-based Fortis Therapy and Training.

The sessions are detailed in the special February edition of the Oscar Kilo newsletter.

In addition, members can access a series of coronavirus-themed resilience sessions, funded by the National Police Wellbeing Service and run by Bailey and French.

Sessions include home schooling today (10 February), vaccinations (11 February), returning to normal (19 February), lockdown (23 February) and staying connected with others (25 February).

Find out more details and sign up.

Oscar Kilo has also teamed up with sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock to produce ‘Better Sleep’ webinars.

The first four covered banishing the winter blues, sleep strategies for shift workers, solving stubborn sleep problems, and nightmares, snoring, sleep-walking and other challenges.

The next session – Sleepless Parents’ Survival Guide – takes place on Thursday 4 March at 11am. You cansign up for the webinar now.