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How we're making a difference to Police lives

2016 Review

Improving lives in the Police environment

At Police Mutual, it’s important that the work we do and our products and services demonstrate our purpose of improving lives. To help keep us on track, we link everything we do as an organisation to making a difference to the wellbeing of existing and potential members and customers.

Wellbeing

A dictionary definition of wellbeing is ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy’. By working to help our members and customers improve these aspects of their wellbeing…

…we believe we can make a real difference to their work and home life.

 

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Financial wellbeing

53% of Police Service employees have less than one month’s worth of savings.

That’s why…

Our Regular Savings plan makes saving easy and affordable.

  • 27% of our members save up to just £5 a month – saving small amounts regularly.
  • 78% of Officers and Staff pay through salary deduction – saving without noticing.

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Physical wellbeing

It can be hard to keep track of the latest health advice with differing and often confusing advice for those looking to improve or maintain their health.

That’s why…

Our free, on-line wellbeing zone has tools and guidance to help monitor and manage health and wellbeing

  • In 2016 regular users of the wellbeing zone:
    • Reduced alcohol levels by an average of 3.5 units per week
    • Around 70% of smokers reduced their smoking levels
    • Around 70% increased their levels of exercise

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Mental wellbeing

In 2015, 91% of Police experienced stress and poor mental health at work

That’s why…

  • We funded qualitative research at Nottingham University - to understand the mental health problems encountered by the Police Service.
  • We shared results with forces - putting mental wellbeing firmly on the agenda.

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Community wellbeing

76% of people who volunteered in the last 12 months say that volunteering has made them feel healthier and 94% say that volunteering improves their mood.

That’s why…

  • We commit £100,000 each year to Force for Good and community wellbeing projects.
  • We were proud to support 113 of the 2.985 nominations received in 2016.
    • Providing gifts or funding for worthy causes, helping improve the lives of the young, elderly, vulnerable and less-able member of our community in a very practical way.

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