The next time that I start a blog and update, I promise I am going to avoid saying that this has been another busy week at the PTC; but; for this edition, I really do have to start by saying what a busy week it has been at the PTC!
This week started even earlier than normal with an invitation to the Durham JBB Dinner Dance on Saturday
15 November. It was a super evening, which was enjoyable on its own merits, but even more so as a team of Durham Police cyclists had raised almost £3,000 for the PTC as their chosen charity, and added to this sum significantly on the evening with a charity raffle. It really was a tremendous effort, and raised a huge sum of money which we are very grateful for, and will be put to good use.
17 November started with Peter Moore and the Fundraising Department setting up and running a stand at the Annual Convention for Police and Crime Commissioners which was set in Harrogate this year to inform them about the important work that we do at the PTC.
I was fixed in my office hosting a visit from Combat Stress, learning about how they deal with stress and psychological issues, and how we can apply some of their lessons to our world.
started early with a visit by Tony Lloyd the GMP PCC, and then as we were ushering him out of the back door at 10:55hrs, I was sprinting back to the front door to welcome Mike Penning, the Westminster Government Policing Minister. Both of them had a good visit, and were impressed with our facilities, work and treatment, and left with a better understanding of the pressures and challenges on modern police officers.
we moved seamlessly into a Communication Planning Seminar, to try and learn how to better exploit the communications world in terms of conveying the PTC message, and then without pausing for breath, it was an afternoon of Investment Training for our Trustees, to ensure that they fully understand their financial responsibilities with regard to the PTC.
it was one of our Quarterly Board of Trustees Meetings, with a good turnout of 18 Trustees. It was particularly useful as we had so many on this occasion, as there are a number of big strategic issues that we are grappling with at the moment, and it is useful to have the full horsepower of our experienced Trustees at moments like this, to ensure a frank exchange of views, and that all the different ideas and proposals have a good airing.
Finally just in case there are some of you in think that we spend all our time running from meeting to meeting, and talking about doing things, I hope that I can reassure you by saying that we had well over 130 officers in for treatment at both Centres last week, and this week it is also very close to that number again. Although we do have to focus on some of the big issues on occasion and do some horizon planning, I can also assure you that we never lose sight of why we are at the PTC in the first place, and that our primary focus is to provide first class care and treatment to all of our serving and retired officers who come through for treatment.