Greater support for St George’s beneficiaries as new Benefits introduced

Trustees at the St George’s Police Children Trust have announced a number of changes and additional benefits available to Beneficiaries from January 2018.

The St George’s Police Children Trust currently supports the children of Police Officers who have either lost their life or suffered an injury or illness that means they can no longer work. In the last year, support has been given to more than 300 children and young people helping them to have the same chances in life that we would want for our own families.

For some time suggestions have been coming forward from current beneficiaries for ideas around additional support or where they felt there was a gap in support on the back of their particular circumstances.

Therefore, the Trustees have made a significant change to increase the support offered by the Trust, as they continue to work hard to find innovative ways to adapt to the ever-changing policing landscape.

In order to be able to offer this extra provision, the weekly donation rate to the St George’s Police Children Trust will increase from January 2018. This will enable the charity to be financially viable over the next few years and allow the Trust to improve the support and service to the wider Police Family.

The weekly donation rate has increased from 20 pence to 35 pence. This equates to £1.50 per month, or £1.40 per four weeks. Please note this is the first increase in the SGPCT donation rate since 2011.

From January 2018 the following new benefits will be made available to beneficiaries:

The eligibility will be widened to include children of Police Families where the Partner of a Police Officer has lost their life. The Trustees understands that the death of partners affects income received by the family and therefore impacts the children, and thus support should be offered in this instance.

The Registration Grant, renamed as the New Beneficiary Grant, will be increased from £100 to £1000 to provide more immediate financial relief. The application will then be considered on its full merit at the next Board of Trustees meeting (held quarterly in February, May, August and November) and a decision in regard to payment of support allowances and grants to beneficiaries will be made.

A new Driving Lesson Grant will be made available to beneficiaries from the age of 17 up to 25, to help with the cost of learning to drive. The support is capped at £1000 per child.

A new Child Counselling Grant will offer financial support to all beneficiaries who wish to access counselling to support a child or family through a bereavement or difficult time. This support can be accessed at any time, up to the age of 25, and not only immediately after the specific event.

The St George’s Police Children Trust Chairman, Ian Hanson, said

“A proposal was submitted to the Trustees which we have approved and I am pleased the Trust will now be offering additional support to our beneficiaries.

The sad reality is that some terrible things happen to Police Officers, and the Trust is able, with your support, to put in place measures to ensure the children of those brave Police Officers are supported.

Tragic and unexpected deaths leave families devastated, and whilst no amount of money can replace a parent, support from the Trust can provide a degree of financial certainty in difficult times.”

Full specifics and application details will be included in the updated St George’s Police Children Trust User Guide which will be launched shortly. Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Trust Administrator via enquiries@stgeorgespolicechildrentrust.org