Charity shortlisted for national award, thanks to Peoplesafe

18 November 2015

Chris Aslett of Family Action - This photo was supplied by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk  A charity which helps families across England has been shortlisted for a national award, thanks to its work with lone worker specialists Peoplesafe.

Family Action, which works with more than 45,000 families affected by poverty, disadvantage or social isolation, has been shortlisted in the Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

The awards ceremony on November 25 at the Park Lane Hilton in London will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr. Family Action has been shortlisted in the best deployment of lone worker technology category.

The charity, which has its headquarters in London, offers a range of services that support the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals and families. Some are based in centres, but others are out in the community.

Chris Aslett, facilities manager at Family Action, said: “Working with vulnerable and hard to reach families doesn’t always go to plan, so we have to make sure we have systems in place to keep our staff safe.

“We used to rely on a simple ‘buddy’ system, where colleagues would ring each other at the end of a shift to confirm safety, but we realised as a responsible employer that was not enough.”

Family Action turned to Peoplesafe, which provides an NSI Gold accredited service, the highest possible industry recognition, which is fully compliant with the British Standard for lone worker provision (BS8484).

Peoplesafe, which has its headquarters in Yorkshire, helped Family Action with lone worker policies and training, and supplied equipment in the form of the Identicom device.

The Identicom, looks like a name badge, but has a hidden alarm button and GPS locator, which link back to Peoplesafe’s 24/7 monitoring centre, so people can easily be found in an emergency.

Chris said: “Staff now feel they are protected when working alone and on the few occasions that an incident has occurred the situation has been dealt with effectively and without risk to the user.”

The Identicom is one of a range of products supplied by Peoplesafe, which is one of the UK’s leading providers of simple and lightweight equipment, training and monitoring services for lone workers. Its clients include major retailers, house builders, housing associations and facilities management companies.

Peoplesafe managing director Ian Johannessen said: “We are delighted that Family Action has been shortlisted for this award.

“Their staff do vital work with families and it is only right that they should be properly protected. There are millions of lone workers doing important jobs, whether they are working in social services, working in shops, protecting premises or delivering goods. These are all vital jobs and all the personnel deserve protecting.”

Notes to editor

Attached photographs show Chris Aslett of Family Action.

For more information about the awards go to: www.securityandfireawards.com

Family Action is a charity committed to building stronger families by delivering innovative and effective services that reach out to many of the UK’s most vulnerable people. We seek to empower people to address their issues and challenges through practical, financial and emotional help. Our work includes help for parents-to-be, the provision of many Children’s Centres in local communities, intensive family support, emotional health and wellbeing services, counselling, mediation and therapies, support in schools and financial grants programmes. Family Action is also recognised as a leading provider of training and consultancy, offering organisations and their employees services that can help to minimise family issues that may have an adverse impact on work or home life, providing child and adult safeguarding training, and delivering training around family placement. For more information go to: www.family-action.org.uk

Peoplesafe is the brand for lone worker safety solutions offered by Rocksure Systems Ltd, based at Church Lane, Dinnington, South Yorkshire. Peoplesafe offers tailor-made solutions to lone worker issues, including product supply, training and a 24/7 monitoring service.

For further information about Peoplesafe go to www.peoplesafe.co.uk 

Media contact at Peoplesafe: Sam Roy on 0800 990 3562 or at sam.roy@peoplesafe.co.uk

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 077927 64891 or at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more details about our PR services, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk

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