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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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TDSi selects Julia’s House as chosen charity beneficiary in 2019

Integrated security manufacturer TDSi will again be supporting Dorset-based children’s hospice Julia’s House by naming the organisation as its charity beneficiary in 2019. The announcement follows a programme of successful activities last year which included a ‘Change for Change’ collection day, a Halloween ‘Bake-Off’ event, participation in the gruelling Tough Mudder and ‘Christmas Jumper Day’.

Francesca Meyrick, marketing manager at TDSi, commented: “Julia’s House holds a special place in the hearts of the TDSi team. Located not far from our head office in Poole, the charity’s hospice supports children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We’ve been supporting the charity through fundraising initiatives for a number of years now. 2018 was no different, with the Tough Mudder event alone raising £1,200 for this wonderful cause.”

tdsi tough mudder team 2018

Members of the TDSi team recently visited the hospice centre in Corfe Mullen, Dorset to see how the money raised is helping children and their families. Meyrick elaborated: “It was great to see the amazing facilities and to understand how vital this charity is to those that rely upon its services. Those of us who visited the facility were quite overcome by the amazing work the charity carries out on a daily basis for people that desperately need its support.”

Visiting Julia’s House in person galvanised TDSi into repeating its support in 2019. Meyrick added: “It was also a real eye-opener with regards to the costs involved and just how important it is to show continued support to the charity, which is why we’ve chosen to focus our efforts again for 2019. We’re all excited to be planning and organising a fresh set of fundraising activities to continue our ongoing support.”

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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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Team TDSi ‘Wears It Red’ to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation

The dedicated team at integrated security solutions development specialist TDSi recently supported the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Wear It… Beat It’ fundraising day by wearing red and enjoying a fine selection of red food. 

Embracing the spirit of the event, the TDSi team members each came to work wearing a red item of clothing (donating £1 each to the charity in order to do so) and enjoyed a delicious selection of red-coloured foods including home-baked cakes, sweets, jellies, fruit and fruit-flavoured drinks along with an array of suitably coloured delicatessen meats.

The event has a serious side, though, in terms of raising awareness around serious health issues. Indeed, the British Heart Foundation charity estimates that one-in-four individuals will suffer from heart and/or circulatory disease at some point in their lifetime.

Sarah Phillips, TDSi’s product and marketing manager, commented: “As a company we’re very socially aware and believe in supporting good causes. As a team we raised an impressive £70 for the British Heart Foundation. These funds will go towards life-saving research and combating life-threatening diseases. We also had a great time, sharing in the fun of a good-natured fundraising event with the whole team taking part to support what is a very worthy cause.”

Team TDSi at hq on the day of the British Heart Foundation-centred event

Team TDSi at hq on the day of the British Heart Foundation-centred event

The event follows a charity Bake Off challenge held at the company’s Poole offices last November in aid of the Boo charity. Members of the TDSi team competed to produce the best sweet treats as judged by a panel of staff members.

Established in 1982, TDSi has been at the forefront of the access control and integrated security management market for over 30 years. The company’s diverse and comprehensive product range encompasses access control systems, biometric readers (fingerprint and facial), security management software, IP CCTV cameras and storage media and Video Management Software.

Its portfolio of solutions can be easily integrated with other security and BMS applications and may be deployed at businesses and organisations of all sizes and types.

With customers all around the world, millions of people rely on TDSi cards every day to gain secure, reliable access to installations. ISO 9001 accredited, TDSi’s access control systems range from standalone products to networked and integrated systems for all sectors.

The company serves end user customers across a wide range of sectors, among them healthcare, finance/banking, education, transportation (including ports and airports) and the utilities as well as industrial and commercial/retail sites.

Clients include Bristol International Airport, the University of the West of England, Guildhall School, Natwest Bank, Bentley Motors, Vodafone, Université de Caen, CHU de TOURS, Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Arcelor Mital.

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Help for Heroes announced as The Security Institute’s Chairman’s Charity in 2015

The Security Institute has announced that its designated Chairman’s Charity for 2015 will be Help for Heroes. The charity offers comprehensive support to British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty – a cause that’s clearly close to The Security Institute’s heart in light of the fact that many of the organisation’s members have served their country across the Armed Forces.

Since its founding in October 2007, the money raised by Help for Heroes thanks to hugely generous public backing has been used to support the wounded, but there’s still so much more to do.

Soldiers, sailors and airmen injured today will still need vital support tomorrow and in the days that follow.

The Security Institute director Richard Bell commented: “We try to select a charity partner that will be highly relevant to our membership and which we believe is making a significant difference to the lives of the people it aims to help. Many of our members have served in the military and while they have been fortunate to be able to forge new careers in security upon leaving the Armed Forces, many of their former colleagues face significant challenges as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty.”

The Security Institute's designated Chairman's Charity for 2015 is Help for Heroes

The Security Institute’s designated Chairman’s Charity for 2015 is Help for Heroes

Bell’s comments were endorsed by The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP. “We are immensely proud to be supporting a charity that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time,” explained Shaw. “Last year, we raised almost £30,000 for our charity partner PTSD Resolution I’m confident we can surpass that figure in 2015. We have a number of fund-raising activities planned throughout the coming year and will be seeking to raise awareness of Help for Heroes at all of our events.”

Bryn Parry, co-founder of Help for Heroes, added: “We’d like to thank The Security Institute for choosing Help for Heroes as its Chairman’s Charity for 2015. The Institute’s support will make a huge difference to the lives of some very brave men and women. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over but, for many members of the Armed Forces and their families, their battles are just beginning. We will not let them battle alone.”

*For further information access the Help for Heroes website

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