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10 June 2014
 June 10, 2014
Domestic violence poster

Fear in Rise of Domestic Violence During World Cup

This week, the Home Office launches a domestic violence awareness campaign to coincide with the 2014 World Cup.

From early June to mid-July 2014, a poster and online advertising campaign will be used to communicate important messages about the consequences of domestic violence to men aged 18 to 35.

All advertising will direct men to the Respect website and phone helpline for advice and support (0808 802 4040).

Posters will be displayed in male toilets in England and online adverts will be shown around football content during the World Cup 2014 competition.

During the last World Cup, reports to police from women who had been victims of domestic violence by their male partners rose by up to 30 per cent, according to Women’s Aid.

The Home Office’s campaign is just one of many awareness campaigns to be promoted during

28 May 2014
 May 28, 2014
Skyguard's Personal Safety Service on Smartphone

SKYGUARD LAUNCHES LONE WORKER IPHONE APP AT SAFETY AND HEALTH EXPO 2014

Skyguard will be launching an iPhone version of their ‘Skyguard for Smartphone’ software at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, held at ExCeL London between 17 – 19th June.

The app which converts an iPhone into a fully functional personal safety device, is an expansion of Skyguard’s range which already includes software for Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows Mobile handsets, as well as dedicated devices.

Once installed through a simple download process, Skyguard’s software enables the user to raise an alarm in any emergency situation, by simply shaking the device for a few seconds, or pressing an on-screen button. Trained Controllers at Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre (IMC) will be able to view the user’s GPS location and registered profile information, silently listen-in, and talk to the user if it’s safe to do so. Controllers will follow the user’s personalised emergency procedures which could include escalating to the Emergency services, Skyguard’s National Response

16 May 2014
 May 16, 2014
Edudo uses Skyguard's alarms for lone workers

SKYGUARD EQUIPS EDUDO’S WORKPLACE TUTORS WITH MYSOS PERSONAL ALARMS

Tutors delivering education for an innovative national workforce development company have been equipped with Skyguard’s MySOS device, to protect them whilst working alone.

Edudo, which provides tailored work-led education courses to the unemployed and those in work, is thought to be the first company of its kind in the country to offer the state-of-the-art alarms to its employees.

The move is part of edudo’s commitment to the welfare of its valued workforce and aims to protect lone workers in need of urgent support when faced with a learner who is displaying emotional, unpredictable or challenging behaviour.

The GPS enabled device allows staff to alert colleagues to issues, or send an SOS alarm to Skyguard’s 24/7 Incident Management Centre. Here, trained Controllers can see the user’s relevant information and location, talk to the user if safe to do so, and direct the emergency services to them. As Skyguard’s service is certified to BS 8484 – the British Standard for Lone Worker Monitoring Services, this allows the Controllers to bypass the 999 system

5 May 2014
 May 5, 2014
Suffolk Fire and Rescue use Skyguard's lone worker device

SKYGUARD WORKING WITH SUFFOLK FIRE AND RESCUE TO BACKUP LONE WORKERS.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service have chosen to protect their front line Fire Prevention Practitioners by equipping them with Skyguard’s MySOS personal safety device. With 24 hour monitoring and single button alarm activation, the device enables the Fire Service’s lone workers to quickly call for help in the event of an incident or emergency.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provide emergency response across the county of Suffolk in East Anglia. With 35 fire stations, their service answers to around 8,000 emergency calls per year, of which over 740 are serious fires. Aside from attending serious incidents, they also offer fire safety prevention education and advice.

This proactive education is delivered by a dedicated team of Fire Prevention Practitioners, which involves officers attending people’s homes whilst carrying out ‘safer home’ visits. These can include elderly and vulnerable clients, those with mental health issues and various forms of dependencies. These factors can make home visits particularly challenging and can occasionally lead to abusive or threatening behaviour

29 April 2014
 April 29, 2014
Stay safe whilst abroad

Five Quick Tips for Safe Travel Abroad

Three years ago, Skyguard set up the first and only lone worker personal safety service for International travellers. With 24/7 backup and support across 36 countries, Skyguard International continues to give peace of mind to those who find themselves in unfamiliar places, knowing there’s someone at hand with just a press of a button. Even if you do carry a Skyguard personal alarm, it’s still prudent to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of assault or injury whilst abroad. Here are five simple steps to follow to help keep yourself safe whilst travelling.

Check before you travel. Get a head start on knowing your destination by taking time to research using travel guides or the internet. Check the Foreign Office’s travel advice website for up-to-date information. Ensure you have all the relevant identification documents ready and are insured

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