Principle One has an established partnership with Police Care, the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families.
We first got to know Police Care through the International Communications Data and Digital Forensics (ICDDF) conferences; we were inspired by their passion and dedication whether they were talking to a room of 1000 people to raise awareness or in a one on one chat giving us more detail (and selling us a lovely police teddy bear at the same time). When Principle One wanted to choose an official partner charity, Police Care were the obvious choice.
The range of services and support offered by Police Care has expanded hugely since they were established in the 1960s. As well as financial assistance for injured officers there is physical and mental healthcare support, counselling, veterans’ peer support and retraining.
We are using our collective P1 consulting experience on a pro bono basis to help support Police Care through this growth; this includes helping to map and refine their support pathways and supporting a range of internal projects.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for our staff to get involved with something away from their day to day work, and to use their skills in a different context.
In case that all sounds a bit sedentary though, we also decided to sign up as many of the team as possible to run the Vitality Big Half for Police Care on 1st March this year!
Nine of our team gamely signed up, and trained through the freezing wind and rain which has characterised this winter. They held regular work running clubs and the running What’s App chat group pinged non-stop with training updates and carb-loading tips. After a particularly hideous couple of weeks’ weather, 1st March dawned sunny and fine, albeit cold.
The Principle Run nine assembled at the start at Tower Bridge, and they were off! All nine completed the course, to the cheers of a group of supporters, and we all gathered at the finish in Greenwich for a well earned lunch. The team smashed our fund-raising target and we could not be prouder of their efforts on the day……now what's next?!