Charity seeks safe solution

St Petrocs Society operations manager Richard Bryant
St Petrocs Society operations manager Richard Bryant
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A CHARITY that works with homeless people has turned to a South Yorkshire firm to help it protect staff working on their own.

St Petrocs Society helps single homeless people to find food and bedding, and with longer term issues like securing accommodation and paying rent.

The charity, based in Cornwall, also runs outreach programmes, supported housing projects and advice centres across the county.

It turned Dinnington-based Peoplesafe after the firm that used to provide security services for its lone workers let it down.

Peoplesafe provided St Petrocs with locally developed Identicom identity badges, which incorporate a panic alarm and a device that allows staff at remote monitoring centres to listen to what is happening, in addition to Sonim XP3 Sentinel mobile phones, which are said to be the toughest in the world, and specially adapted smartphones, both of which have been developed to offer safety facilities, similar to the badge, including GPS location finding.

St Petrocs Society operations manager Richard Bryant was full of praised for the Dinnington firm.

“The advice and support offered by Peoplesafe was exceptional,” said Mr Bryant.

“They listened carefully to what we wanted and provided us with equipment and a service that really suits our needs. Staff now can get on with their job of helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society knowing that someone is watching out for them.

“As an employer we have a duty of care to our staff who can be faced with challenging situations and we must do all we can to ensure their well-being. Having equipment that links them up to a 24/7 monitoring centre makes staff feel safer too.”

Peoplesafe’s managing director, Ian Johannessen, said: “They face a tough job out on the streets of Cornwall and anything that can make that job a bit easier and safer must benefit not only the staff, but also the people they work with.”

Peoplesafe’s clients include charities like the RSPCA and YMCA; housebuilders Persimmon and TaylorWimpey and retailers Argos and Halfords.