From research and feedback, we know that 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.
The wellbeing vans are an opportunity for forces to make sure staff know what services are available should they 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.
However, staff don’t have to need support or advice to come along – the vans offer the opportunity for people just to pop in, spend five minutes having a look around, take some information away in case they, or a member of their team, need that support in the future.
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.
The vans are not designed to be a fix or a one off solution – they are part of a wide range of support available to your force from the National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS) that should see staff with options for support 24/7 all year round.