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Trauma awareness training to be highlighted on Armed Forces Day 2020

On Armed Forces Day 2020, which takes place on Saturday 27 June, the mental health charity PTSD Resolution is going to be highlighting the plight of Armed Forces’ veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Many are suffering from military trauma and are not receiving the therapeutic support that they need to become well again and rehabilitated.
 
The specialist charity works with security companies and myriad organisations, among them ASIS UK, in order to provide therapy for staff who have been traumatised, as well as training for line managers.

On Friday 26 June at 1.30 pm, PTSD Resolution is holding a free webinar entitled ‘Trauma Awareness Training for Everyone’. The TATE Programme helps people to recognise the symptoms of trauma in themselves, their colleagues or members of staff whom they manage. It provides valuable information on appropriate support and routes for both referral and treatment.

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The charity has also launched a special film that tells the story of a former HMPS prisoner and veteran of the First Gulf War. Entitled ‘The Silent Years’, the film was produced and donated by students of the Ravensbourne University, namely Shakeel Hussain (editor), Louise Corleys (editor and sound), Poppy Louise Carter (director) and Diana Alexandru (producer).

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Government statistics estimate that approximately 4% of those in custody and on community orders are ex-Armed Forces personnel, but external estimates claim that the proportion in the prison population may be as high as 17%.

In addition to criminality, military trauma when left untreated can result in addiction, family breakdown and even suicide.
 
“The Coronavirus lockdown gives us all some idea of the stress of losing our freedom even if we’re not actually in prison,” explained Patrick Rea, campaign director for PTSD Resolution. “Plenty of veterans find themselves in the criminal justice system. In many instances, this is at least in part because of the effects of military trauma they’re still suffering. If they don’t receive the therapy they need in prison to become better, how can we expect them to re-join society responsibly? This is both a justice system and a humanitarian issue.”

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For its part, PTSD Resolution has provided free mental health therapy to veterans, reservists and their families for eleven years now and taken care of people right across the UK. It’s one of the only providers of specialist help to former Armed Forces personnel while they’re in prison or have alcohol and/or substance abuse problems. Treatment is available through a network of 200 therapists, either online or by telephone during the current lockdown scenario.

Reporting of symptoms

According to research conducted by the British Journal of Psychiatry, among ex-Armed Forces personnel, no less than 17% of those who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2014-2016 reported symptoms suggesting PTSD. Those deployed in a support role such (eg medical, logistics, signals, aircrew) were affected at a rate of 6%, which is 1-2% higher than in the general UK population.
 
Emerging studies are indicating that, following the COVID-19 outbreak, rates of PTSD among those serving as medical key workers or Emergency Services personnel and who have been personally affected by the pandemic are likely to be much higher.

*For further information on PTSD Resolution visit www.ptsdresolution.org

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Reliance High-Tech names Blue Lamp Foundation as chosen charity for 2020-2021

Reliance High-Tech, the independent security technology integrator and provider of lone worker protection services, has announced that its chosen charity for 2020-2021 is the Blue Lamp Foundation

The Blue Lamp Foundation was founded in 2010 by PC David Rathband after he suffered life-changing injuries having been shot at close range by Raoul Moat. The charity helps those from the Emergency Services who’ve been injured, physically or emotionally, in the line of duty by providing funding and support towards treatment, rehabilitation and out-of-pocket expenses.

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Throughout the year, Reliance High-Tech’s employees will engage in a range of activities to generate funds and put them towards the vital work that this charity transacts. Last year, those activities raised a magnificent £2,090 for SSAFA, the dedicated Armed Forces charity.

David Walton, finance director at Reliance High-Tech, told Security Matters: “SSAFA was our first ever charity of the year and I’m really proud of how the Reliance High-Tech team undertook a variety of fundraising activities, from the ‘Big Brew’ through to climbing the equivalent of Everest at our head office in Bracknell. This year, we invited nominations from the team as to which charity we should support and the Blue Lamp Foundation was chosen. Given Reliance High-Tech’s close working relationships with a number of police forces and, indeed, the NHS, this is a perfect fit for us to give something back to such a worthwhile cause and ably assist the brave men and women of the Emergency Services who sacrifice so much for us.”

Peter Sweeney, chairman of the Blue Lamp Foundation, responded: “We would like to thank everyone at Reliance High-Tech for choosing to support the Foundation over the next year. In the current climate, we know that Emergency Services personnel, along with many more key workers, are really stepping up to the plate to meet new levels of demand. At some point, their coping mechanisms will slow down and, on top of the physical assaults many are experiencing, they will reach a point whereby they can no longer effectively function with front line duties and will need support. Sponsorship from Reliance High-Tech will help us deliver that support.”

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Meggitt CEO Tony Wood appointed president at ADS

Tony Wood, CEO of Meggitt and former president of Rolls-Royce Aerospace, has been appointed president of the ADS trade organisation for the security, defence, aerospace and space industries. Wood succeeds Colin Smith. The appointment comes ahead of the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow, where the spotlight will be on the UK’s aerospace, defence and space industries, the latest developments in sustainable aviation technology, and attracting future engineering talent.

Wood commented: “It’s an honour to be appointed ADS president and I look forward to championing the industries we represent: industries that connect people across continents, ensure our national security and put advanced technology into space.”

He continued: “2020 marks a year where both sustainability and social purpose will be high on our agenda, underpinned by the innovation that continues to be the hallmark of the industries we represent. We’re looking forward to working with the new Government to take forward our industrial partnerships, investing to create a more sustainable future and deliver a national space programme. We keenly anticipate contributing to the Government’s planned Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review and ensuring that our industries remain equipped to provide outstanding levels of support to our Armed Forces, the police and the Security Services.”

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In addition, Wood observed: “We’re also looking forward to the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow and the opportunity to showcase to an international audience the fantastic products, services and innovations created by our members.”

ADS CEO Paul Everitt enthused: “It’s a great start to 2020 for ADS to welcome Tony Wood to the role of president. He brings extensive knowledge of our industries. His experience and drive will be an asset to ADS and to our members.”

Everitt also stated: “I would like to think Colin Smith for his support, advice and dedication in his two years as ADS president, which have seen our members continue to grow, the development of our industrial strategy partnerships with Government and a first Farnborough International Airshow at our new Exhibition and Conference Centre.”

As president, Wood leads the ADS Board, which is composed of representatives from each of the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, including vice-presidents from each industry. The appointment of ADS president is made for a two-year term.

Wood has been CEO of Meggitt since January 2018, having joined the company as chief operating officer in 2016. He was Rolls-Royce’s president for aerospace from May 2013 to January 2016, and previously spent 16 years with Messier-Dowty.

Wood is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Association of Project Management.

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Institute of Risk Management pledges commitment to Armed Forces community by signing Armed Forces Covenant

Senior members of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) recently gathered at a co-signing ceremony for the Armed Force’s Covenant at Horseguards Parade in London. The signing was between the IRM and the Greater London Reserve Force’s and Cadet’s Association (GLRFCA).

Guests included IRM Board members. There were also representatives present from the Kent Army Cadet Force including Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dean OBE, Deputy Commandant Major Richard Phillips and Regimental Sergeant Major Pete Barnes. SO1 Lieutenant Colonel David Utting (head of engagement for the British Army) was also present and gave a brief message on partnering with defence.

The signing between the IRM and GLRFCA signifies an ongoing commitment to service leavers and personnel as laid out in the pledge.

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Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM (left), chairman of the IRM, and SO1 Lieutenant Colonel David Utting (head of engagement for the British Army)

Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM, chairman of the IRM, said: “It was a great privilege to be here today to co-sign the Armed Forces Covenant. It’s vitally important that the Armed Forces and businesses are mutually engaged. This signifies a wider pledge by the IRM to increase the risk management profession’s visibility to ex-military personnel. We provide accessible and relevant training and qualifications that will help ex-Armed Forces personnel in making the transition to the business world.”

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Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dean OBE and Captain Vicky Robinson (country PR for the Kent Army Cadet Force and head of marketing and communications at the IRM)

Coudounaris added: “Many of the skills learned by services personnel naturally cross over into the world of risk management and we’re keen to ensure these skills are recognised and that we can help support individuals’ lifelong learning and career transition where possible.”

Drew Jeacock, head of engagement for the GLRFCA, stated: “The Government is committed to supporting the Armed Forces community by working with a range of partners who’ve signed the Armed Forces Covenant. It’s a national responsibility involving Government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public. Demonstrating commitment to the Armed Forces family is a significant gesture and I hope that the IRM will embrace the intent and values that we hold close to our core. We value the IRM’s support.”

*The IRM supports Captain Victoria Robinson, the organisation’s head of marketing and communications, who’s also the county PR officer for the Kent Army Cadet Force, with leave for annual camp and other cadet-related activities

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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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