Take time to recharge yourself….That’s easier said than done when you try and squeeze some ‘me’ time into a busy work and home life, so Lancashire Police has secured a grant from the Police Dependents Trust to fund a programme of ‘Recharge Days’ at the Police Treatment Centre in Harrogate over the next 12 months.

These days are open to police officers and staff will offer a number of different educational inputs around stress awareness and coping strategies, the importance of sleep and good nutrition. In the afternoon, you are given time for yourself to us the facilities however you wish, to relax, work out or go for a walk around the beautiful grounds. Transport to and from Harrogate, lunch and access to all the facilities are included.

The days are designed to help staff and officers recharge away from the daily grind and pressures of the day job with a focus on personal wellbeing and resilience.

There will be 10 places available one day every week from May for an initial period of a year. Attendees are asked to complete a short questionnaire ahead of attending, and then another a few weeks later. This is to ensure that feedback is collected regularly so that changes can be made to the days if needed and so the difference the days make to each person over time can be evaluated so they can continually improve the sessions.

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “These Recharge Days are designed to help our staff develop their personal resilience by giving strategies to manage stress in the workplace. Never has it been more important to support people in their work and sometimes that means taking them away from the daily grind to give them some breathing space and reflection time.”

If you would like any further information about the days please contact Shelby Williams, Wellbeing Coordinator for Lancashire Police – shelby.williams@lancashire.pnn.police.uk