Wellbeing lead stresses it’s OK not to be OK

26 April 2021

Gwent Police Federation workplace representative Danielle Threader says she’s looking forward to helping members in her new role as the branch conduct and wellbeing officer.

Danielle will be supporting members in misconduct, performance and attendance cases, and supporting their wellbeing as part of her full-time position.

She believes the role has added significance at the moment because of the mental health impact of Covid-19.

Danielle said: “It’s a challenging time for everyone. The pandemic and lockdowns have thrown up a number of mental health and wellbeing issues across society, and police officers aren’t immune to them.

“We tend to put our own wellbeing down the priority list, but I want to change that. There may be times when we can’t cope with everything that comes our way and I want officers to know it’s OK to not be OK.

“I want to encourage members to look out for themselves and each other, to recognise when they’re struggling and to talk more openly.

“And the important message is that myself and the Federation are here for you and we can help you get the support you need when you need it.”

Danielle joined the Force in 2010 and most recently was ward officer for Pill Neighbour Policing Team. She wanted to support officers in their work and welfare and so became a Fed rep in March 2020.

Danielle takes over from Annalea Kift, who has been elected branch secretary.

“I’m looking forward to carrying on Annalea’s great work, and wish her all the best in her new role. A challenging aspect of the role is supporting members through potentially the most stressful time of their career if they’re facing a misconduct allegation,” said Danielle.

“But helping people in their hour of need is one of the reasons I wanted to become a rep, so I’m looking forward to the challenge and to supporting our members where I can.”