In January 2007 the Wiltshire Police Benevolent Fund became a registered charity, and has been renamed the Wiltshire Police Benevolent Trust. The change in status has allowed the Trustees to open membership to all Police Staff.
In recent years the Benevolent Trust has made grants of interest free loans to members suffering financial hardship and has purchased equipment that has improved mobility and quality of life for a number of members. Examples include: Purchase of specialist equipment for a disabled child;Building works to facilitate wheelchair use and; Purchase of purpose made motorised scooter and trailer.
The current Trustees are:
- Chief Constable Pat Geenty - ACPO
- Insp Roger Bull - Chief's Representative
- Superintendent Paul Mills - Superintendents Association
- Superintendent Gavin Williams - Superintendents Association
- Sgt Mel Rolph - Police Federation
- Mr Cliff Fuller - UNISON
- Mr David Frampton - NARPO
Flint House, the Police Rehabilitation Centre, admits over 2,500 sick and injured police officers for intensive treatment and care.
Based at Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, since 1988, the Centre has provided additional and very essential forms of active treatment and therapy, to asist officers in returning to duty. Treatments include: physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, stress counselling and general nursing care.
Contributions to Flint House is £7.48 per month
The Gurney Fund for Police Orphans help children not only of Police Officers who have died, but also those who have taken early retirement on ill-health grounds within the 22 subscribing Forces. The allowances are reviewed each year and all families are paid according to need, although there is a basic weekly allowance which is reviewed regularly. Grants may be made for various items which families could not otherwise afford i.e: educational trips, musical instruments, books and school uniforms.
Visit: Avon & Somerset's pages for more information.
The Police Dependants' Trust exists to assist in cases of need: dependants of police officers or former police officers who die or have died as a result of an injury received in the execution of duty; and police officers or former police officers who are, or have been incapacitated as a result of an injury received in the execution of duty.