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PTSD Resolution organises ‘Shell Shock Walk’ for Forces’ veterans mental health

PTSD Resolution – the charitable organisation looking after the mental health of forces’ veterans, reservists and their families – is organising the third annual ‘Shell Shock Walk’ in London on Saturday 14 September. The walk from Wandsworth Bridge to Tower Bridge is over eight miles and starts at 1.30 pm. Further details are available online at www.ptsdresolution.org/shellshockwalk.php.

PTSD Resolution works closely with ASIS UK and other security associations because of the number of forces veterans that work in the industry. Some may have experienced and still suffer from the symptoms of trauma from earlier military service. The charity can also help where there has been a more recent traumatic incident during the course of current employment.

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The charity delivers the TATE Programme (short for Trauma Awareness Training for Employers), a half-day course for security line managers and HR personnel to enable them to recognise the symptoms of trauma in staff and then signpost help.

The 2019 walk is to highlight the issues of veterans’ mental health resulting from military trauma and to raise funds for therapy by PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to veterans through a network of 200 therapists nationwide.

In 2019, many veterans are still suffering from the impact of trauma without effective treatment. That’s now over 100 years after the end of World War I, whose mental health casualties are commemorated in the charity walk.

Tragically, many of the victims of shell shock were court-martialled during WW1. Their diagnosis of shell shock was not considered an admissible defence. The Battle of the Somme alone created 60,000 casualties of shell shock – a figure unmatched by any other battle in British military history.

In its aftermath, the Royal Army Medical Corps was actually banned from using the term shell shock.

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Reliance High-Tech names SSAFA as chosen charity in support of Armed Forces community

Reliance High-Tech, the independent security technology integrator and provider of lone worker protection services, has named SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) as its 2019-2020 corporate charity. Throughout the year, Reliance High-Tech’s employees will engage in a range of activities to raise funds and help with the vital work that SSAFA carries out for serving personnel, veterans and military families across the UK and worldwide.

SSAFA has been providing lifelong support to the Armed Forces and their families since 1885. Last year, its teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans through to young men and women who’ve served in more recent conflicts.

“We take the selection of our corporate charity very seriously and were unanimous in the view that the incredible work that SSAFA does to support those who’ve served their nation, and been prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, was a perfect fit with our own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives,” explained David Walton, director of finance at Reliance High-Tech. “Furthermore, many of our current employees are ex-Armed Forces personnel and we believe that supporting SSAFA on a national level enhances our levels of employee engagement.”

Kelvin King, regional service manager at Reliance High-Tech, stated: “This is brilliant, I’m happy to try and collect funding as much as I can”.  This sentiment was echoed by project manager Lee Jones, who commented: “Being ex-Welsh Guards myself, I would be more than happy to be involved with anything in my regional area.”

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Amendment of CSR policy

Although raising funds is vitally important for SSAFA, so too is providing the time, energy and resources needed to help it carry out its fundraising activities. As such, Reliance High-Tech has amended its CSR policy to give each member of staff one day of paid leave to actively volunteer their time to help with SSAFA’s charitable projects.

The company has also appointed eight regional co-ordinators who’ll ensure that help is available where and when it’s needed. The business has committed to match any money raised from employee activities.

Reliance High-Tech will  play an active role in Armed Forces Week, which runs from 24-30 June, helping out with Big Brew-Ups around the country. Big Brew-Ups are a perfect way to convene with friends and family, colleagues or neighbours, have a chat over tea and cake and donate to SSAFA.

Jonny King, corporate fundraising officer at SSAFA, enthused: “I’m delighted that Reliance High-Tech has selected us as its chosen charity for 2019-2020. The business will help us raise funds to support Armed Forces personnel and their families in their times of need. From speaking to David, it’s clear that there’s a genuine synergy between our organisations. I’m very much looking forward to working with him and the rest of the Reliance High-Tech team in the months ahead.”

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Security industry professionals determine to support Armed Forces veterans

Security industry professional associations are convening at a fundraising reception on Tuesday 13 November from 6.00 pm in support of UK Armed Forces veterans suffering from mental health issues caused by military trauma.

The reception at The Crick Institute in central London will raise funds for charity PTSD Resolution, which provides free treatment to former members of the Armed Forces and their families through a national network of therapists with a near 80% success rate.

Tickets for the event are available from ASIS online. The cost includes drinks, canapés, entertainment and a raffle. The event is organised by ASIS UK with support from the Association of Security Consultants, the International Professional Security Association, the National Association for Healthcare Security and the Spitalfields Security Forum.

David Clark, chairman of ASIS UK, commented: “I would like to thank our fellow Security Commonwealth members for joining with us in this initiative. With so many veterans working in the security industry, it’s important that we, as responsible employers and line managers, recognise their contribution and support them in resolving the effects of trauma experienced now and sustained during their former military careers.”

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Clark added: “PTSD Resolution has a longstanding partnership with the security industry as a provider of therapy that’s free, effective and locally available, not only to veterans but also their families. It’s fitting that, at this time and very soon after Remembrance Day, we should reflect on the contribution of veterans still with us and join together as an industry in supporting the effective therapy available.”

PTSD Resolution’s director Patrick Rea responded: “The symptoms of military trauma can result in family breakdown, job loss, addiction and suicide. Veterans or family members who believe that they may be suffering from the symptoms of trauma should seek help immediately.”

Key features of the service available through PTSD Resolution include the following:

*Free help for Vetverans and family members suffering mental health issues

*Confidential (no GP referral is needed)

*Local help through a UK network of therapists

*Fast treatment (usually with resolution in an average of five sessions)

*First session is booked often in days

*Compassionate: veterans do not have to talk about the events that have led to their mental trauma

*Transparent (with results monitored and reported)

For further information access www.ptsdresolution.org

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Ward Security adds poppy stickers to patrol vehicles in marking 100th Anniversary of First World War

A fleet of Ward Security vans are displaying poppy stickers in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Remembrance Sunday Appeal and to show respect for the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. 

The national security provider is proudly displaying the poppy logos on its fleet of vehicles, while also making a financial donation to the Royal British Legion’s local Chatham branch.

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David Ward, CEO at Ward Security, said “The Royal British Legion does an incredible job of supporting Armed Forces personnel past and present and their families. Like many people, we had relatives who fought in the First and Second World Wars and we continue to have close connections to the military and those currently serving. Many of our employees are also former military personnel. We believe that it’s both right and important to continue to support the appeal and, by putting the poppy on our fleet of vehicles, we help to keep the campaign visible and in the public eye.”

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Ward Security was founded in 2000 by brothers David and Kevin Ward. Today, the business employs over 900 people and provides security solutions to companies nationwide. Originally based on the Medway Trading Estate, the company’s new headquarters was officially opened earlier this month in the Fitted Rigging House at the Historic Chatham Dockyard in Kent.

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2016 Christmas Appeal for Armed Forces veterans kick-starts on 29 November

With many Armed Forces veterans presently working in the security sector, the charity PTSD Resolution is this year sponsored by ASIS UK, who are organising a series of fundraising events. Free of charge, the charity (No. 1133188) helps veterans and reservists who are struggling to reintegrate into a normal work and family life because of military trauma suffered during service in the Armed Forces.

The charity has helped to resolve mental health issues for over 1,400 veterans. Nearly eight out of ten of them say that they require no further treatment after completing the treatment programme.

Donations to the Armed Forces veterans’ charity will be doubled when donated online in the 72 hours from 12.00 pm on 29 November – visit the Big Give (https://goo.gl/sVV8pD).

PTSD Resolution was selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016, which is the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Last year, the campaign raised over £7.2 million for participating charities.

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The treatment programme is community-based, with therapy and support provided locally. Trauma causes flashbacks, nightmares, anger and depression – often leading to violence, alcohol and substance abuse, job loss, family breakdown and even suicide. PTSD Resolution’s therapy is brief, with an average of just five sessions usually required, and conducted on an out-patient basis, which supports family and work routines.

The programme is complementary to the work of other services’ charities in that it resolves the mental health issues that can serve as barriers to successful reintegration and settlement.

“There are many Armed Forces veterans working in the security sector,” explained a spokesperson for the charity. “Some may have unresolved issues arising from trauma that was suffered during their service to their country. Often, an existing mental health condition can be exacerbated by a stressful situation at work which may be related to a security incident, or perhaps a clash with a manager or colleague. Job loss and domestic issues may also trigger problems that result in major deterioration, We want veterans to know that there’s help a hand and that they don’t have to wait to get better.”

*Further information is available at www.ptsdresolution.org

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Worshipful Company to raise money for Charitable Trust and Security Benevolent Fund at 2017 Spring Dance

The fifteenth Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) Spring Dance – which is supported by Kings Security – will be held at The Rembrandt Hotel in central London on Saturday 4 March 2017. Proceeds from the evening auction will be donated to the WCoSP Charitable Trust and the Security Benevolent Fund which supports men and women that have been employed in the private security industry and perhaps fallen on hard times.

Peter French MBE, Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, told Risk UK: “On the night we’ll also be raising funds for the Hackney Carriage Drivers Disney Trip for terminally ill children. Worshipful Company support now pays for four children with their parents and nurses to make this ‘end of life’ trip. We shall be holding an auction and a raffle during the evening.”

On that note, French added: “If any readers of Risk UK and The Paper are able to donate items of memorabilia or perhaps experiences others could not otherwise buy, you will make a difference. This could be private tours of artworks, corporate dining or event tickets. If you can think of any other ways of raising money or you could encourage others to donate items of memorabilia or perhaps experiences others could not otherwise buy, please do let us know.”

*To book your place for The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Spring Dance contact Peter French via e-mail at: pfrench@ssr-personnel.com

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The Security Benevolent Fund

The Security Benevolent Fund was founded in 2006 as ‘Here 4U’ when John Purnell, the (then) Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, and his successor Peter French identified the need to create a safety net for the most vulnerable people working in and retired from the security profession, the ‘Blue Light Services’ and the Armed Forces.

Many individuals working in security on the front line are at the lower end of pay scales. Often, when illness or injury strikes, they need help, guidance and support to return to work or normal life. Those who have retired often have limited financial resources to help them when problems occur.

In 2010, to avoid confusion with other charities, ‘Here4U’ was rebranded as the Security Benevolent Fund. Since it was established there has been a steady increase in applications for help from serving and retired members and their families from across the security profession.

The Security Benevolent Fund isn’t in competition with other bodies in the industry. It aims to work alongside and support other charities as required, providing welfare, legal, medical and health-related guidance and support for current and ex-employees from the security sector.

The Fund urgently needs additional funds to assist those who seek support in ever-increasing numbers. Any donations are gratefully accepted. Please send all donations to: The Security Benevolent Fund, Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, 34 Tye Green, Glemsford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7RG (e-mail: clerk@wcosp.org)

Personal donations can be made via: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/sbfappeal2015/250331

*For further information access the website at: www.securitybenevolentfund.org.uk

2016 Kings College London Academic Prize

Each year, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals’ Charitable Trust awards a prize to a student attending the MA course in Terrorism, Security and Society at the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London.

The winner of the 2016 Prize is Grace O’Neill from Northern Ireland for her essay entitled: ‘Why Do People Support the Taliban in Kanduz?’  It was reported that the marks awarded to Grace by her tutors for her work were far in excess of those that would merit a First Class Honours degree.

The prize, a cheque for £200, was presented by the Master Ian Mayes QC at his Installation Luncheon, held on 8 June at The Drapers’ Hall in the City of London.

O’Neill already holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from Cambridge University and is seeking a career in the security business sector.

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Zaun and Harper Chalice secure success from Olympic springboard

Two Midlands security businesses are preparing to celebrate their greatest day in history, exactly four years on from the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.

On 27 July 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the 2012 Olympic Games after apparently surviving a death-defying skydive with James Bond actor Daniel Craig as part of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s Isles of Wonder Opening Ceremony.

Wolverhampton’s Zaun and Coventry-based Harper Chalice cite their largest-ever contracts as the springboard to the growth and success they now enjoy. They helped make the 30th Olympiad the biggest security operation post-war Britain had ever mounted at a cost of £553 million and involving 10,000 police officers, 13,500 Armed Forces personnel – more than Britain had deployed in Afghanistan at that time – and no less than 70,000 Games Maker volunteers.

London 2012 was widely regarded as a triumph. It was the first Olympics where every participating country included female athletes. It enjoyed packed stadiums and smooth organisation, and the focus on sporting legacy and post-games venue sustainability was seen as a blueprint for future Olympics (including Rio 2016 that opens in nine days’ time).

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‘Legacy’ and ongoing community benefit was probably the key factor on which London secured the Games back in 2005 in the face of fierce competition from Paris. London 2012 delivered that in spades, along with a boost to the economy and a genuine nationwide ‘feelgood factor’ that arguably helped turn a faltering post-credit crunch recovery into sustained economic growth.

The regeneration of east London has been spectacular, though many argue about whether the 2012 Games sparked a long-term sustained greater participation in sports and improved fitness levels to combat the obesity epidemic.

Ongoing contracts for manufacturers

The world-class sporting facilities are also part of the legacy, but perhaps less obvious are the ongoing contracts for British manufacturers and service providers, as enjoyed by Harper Chalice and Zaun (among others).

Harper Chalice’s general manager and director Chris Hackett said: “As part of the pre-award process we had to install our systems alongside our competitors for trial and testing by the Government Security Services. The prize for winning was huge – 26 kilometres of PIDs and electric fencing at over 400 zones around the Olympic Park that has formed the basis of the TriSecure complete perimeter protection system that we now provide today alongside Zaun for high-security utilities sites and others.”

Certainly, Zaun’s Games legacy as the principal 2012 ‘Olympics fencer’ keeps running and running. The business has returned to the Olympic Stadium on several occasions, first decommissioning after the 2012 Paralympics, then reconfiguring and removing security fencing for last autumn’s Rugby World Cup and most recently to prepare it as the new home of West Ham United FC and a national competition centre for UK Athletics.

The transformation has included installing the largest roof if its kind in the world, a community track, innovative retractable seating, spectator and hospitality facilities and external landscaping.

The London legacy is about much more than just sporting venues. Zaun has also provided fencing around the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the transformation of the 275 metre-long Olympic media complex into iCITY and innovative ‘green’ acoustic fencing panels for the Chobham Academy on the former Athletes’ Village site.

Zaun’s head of sales, Chris Plimley, concluded: “London’s legacy has touched education, commerce, industry, culture, media, tourism, sport and a whole lot more. We owe a large part of our commercial success to the 2012 Games. London showed how the Olympics can benefit an entire nation.”

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