OK9 wellbeing and trauma support dog service wins national award

Published 30 Mar 2022
Written by
Oscar Kilo
National Police Wellbeing Service
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This week, our OK9 team were honoured to receive an award at the national InsideOut Awards.

On 24th March 2022, we were honoured to have been represented at the InsideOut Awards at the Troxy in London.  

These awards were created to recognise organisations and individuals who are making a difference in respect of workplace mental health and wellbeing.

It was a really competitive field with entries from a diverse range of organisations including some of the largest brands in the world; the police force; universities and SMEs and smaller businesses.

Our OK9 wellbeing trauma support dogs team were delighted to win the award for ‘best mental health initiative’.

Lead for our OK9 programme, Garry Botterill said;

Winning the InsideOut Award recognises all the passionate people who support their peers in the workplace. It reinforces the role dogs can play to reduce mental health stigma, help with wellbeing and bring smiles to people doing a tough job in often difficult circumstances.  We are so pleased that the success of the scheme, the hard-working peers and our brilliant OK9 Wellbeing and trauma support dogs has been highlighted in this way.

CEO of the College of Policing, CC Andy Marsh said;

It’s fantastic seeing the National Police Wellbeing Service, which sits with the College, recognised for championing mental health for officers and staff. Congratulations to the dedicated team who work tirelessly.

Co-founder of the awards, Rob Stephenson, commented:

It was wonderful to bring people to gather around the common theme of making a difference in relation to workplace mental health at a time when our social connections have been under challenge.

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