0121 752 4919 Office open Monday and Wednesday 8.30am to 4.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 3.00pm www.wmpben.co.uk NEWS UPDATE Supporting our members Member Newsletter 2022 inside… Our police charity has had an incredible year. We’ve welcomed over 700 new members to the Benevolent Fund during 2021, nudging our total membership towards 8,000 which is a tremendous achievement! Membership is growing! This year, the Fund saw a shift in the make-up of its membership. For the first time in a long while, our charity has a greater proportion of serving officers than retired members. What is also encouraging is that word is getting around that West Midlands Police staff and PCSO’s are entitled to join the Fund too. Events like the Chief Constable’s Roadshow; pre-retirement seminars and inputs to the new recruits and transferees, provide a great opportunity to really engage with police colleagues. It allows us to explain the many benefits of joining the Ben Fund and how we can offer help through a person’s police service and well into their retirement too. Throughout the year, we receive messages of thanks from members who are immensely grateful for the support they have been given by the Benevolent Fund. I am always deeply touched by their appreciation and very proud to be part of a fantastic team. This month we received a lovely message from Uniform Training Sergeant, Natalie Hobster. “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Benevolent Fund for the recent help offered to one of our student officers. They were coping with a really difficult period in their life. Once again, I have been incredibly impressed by the compassion and assistance provided by the team at the Ben Fund. The intervention by the police charity has ensured that the student feels valued and supported especially at the most challenging time of their life. Thank you again for the time and support given to the officer.” We have lots planned for the year ahead, including our ever-popular family fun days, you can read more on page 7. See page 3 People like you See page 2 Reward Scheme See page 4 StMichael’s Lodge See page 5 AGM Holiday homeballot See page 6 Thanks for your donations See page 7 Tree climbing Crate stacking A message from our Chairman, John Williams …Continued on page 2 New joiner, Jo Hunt, Head of WMP Dig ital & Engagement, Corporate Communic ations.