We have been providing personal safety courses throughout the U.K. since 1997 stretching as far north as Thurso and as far south as London.
We have an array of instructors, male and female, to suit your needs, all of whom work for the charity on a volunteer basis.
We also pride ourselves in having instructors who represent the people we train – some are registered blind, some are registered disabled.
Alan Bell – Volunteer Manager & Principal Instructor
Alan has been teaching personal safety and self-defence since 1997. He takes his “Keeping it Real” training style from the unarmed combat training he received both in the military and in the Close Protection (bodyguard) industry. Alan is passionate about the right of everyone in society to be able to enjoy the path their life has taken without the fear or threat of violence blighting their existence.
Alan is an instructor with ‘The National Federation for Personal Safety’ and a Master instructor trainer with ‘The Self Defence Federation UK’ and ‘All Styles Martial Arts’. He has trained in various martial arts including Karate, Judo, Western Boxing and competed in Muay Thai boxing in Thailand.
He is also a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Combat Ju-Jitsu and qualified as a Level 3 Instructor in Commando Krav Maga in Israel.
Alan also holds various Teacher / Trainer qualifications including a Professional Trainer Certificate, SCQF Level 7 (formerly A1 Assessor Award), Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Level 3, First Aid Trainer Assessor, Personal Safety Trainer Assessor and Delivering Conflict Management Trainer Level 3 – all of which help him devise and develop training plans for the various courses which the charity provides.
As well as all of this, Alan uses his Diploma In Counselling & Psychotherapy to help survivors cope with their situations and his Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for holistic healing.
David Bell – Volunteer Senior Instructor
David began training in martial arts in 1986. In 1991 he became the Scottish Junior Kick Boxing Champion before diversifying into other forms of combat training including Aikido, Karate, Western Boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Spirit Combat.
In 1997, David qualified as a personal safety instructor with ‘The National Federation of Personal Safety’, working alongside officers from London’s Metropolitan Police with his brother, Alan Bell, teaching “Bash and Dash” methods and techniques to the public and various organisations such as ‘Women’s Aid’.
In 1998, David began working in the security industry as a door steward, progressing to Head Steward for a number of night clubs and public houses in and around the Glasgow area. Gaining invaluable experience of ‘real’ fights and ‘real’ confrontations, taught David a lot about the way people react in ‘fight-mode’ and also how an individual’s own body reacts in these situations.
Combining systems and methods from martial arts with his personal safety techniques and door steward experiences, David brings them all into the forefront of his self defence training.
John Divers – Volunteer Instructor
John joined the police service in 1990. He is involved in training both locally and at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan.
John spent two years at the Scottish Police College overseeing probationer training and the National Officer Safety Training Program in preparation for the amalgamation of Police Scotland.
He is presently an Inspector within the Criminal Justice Service Division with responsibility for all Custom matters for Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and Argyle & Bute.
Deirdre Oakley – Volunteer Instructor
Deirdre has been a personal safety / self defence instructor since 2008 when she was a trainer with North Ayrshire Council’s Personal Safety & Self Defence Team working with a group of young mums, some of whom had experienced Domestic Abuse.
Deirdre became an instructor with our charity in 2014 in order to pass on her skills to other members of the community who are most at risk.
Michael McAllister – Volunteer Instructor
Michael passed our stringent Instructor course and joined our team in early 2017. Since then he has been running training courses for people with low or no vision at our Ardrossan Centre and helping with other courses in Scotland – a remarkable achievement considering Michael is registered blind.
Michael explains his enthusiasm; “As a Personal Safety Instructor with ScotCPS I train others in how to stay safe as well as show them the skills necessary to defend themselves were they to be threatened with physical violence.
But prior to my training, I was an entirely different person. Frightened to walk alone at night and jumping at any perceived threat or raised voice, I walked with a hunched posture, eyes to the ground and listening for any sign of threat. On a social level, I felt limited and emasculated by my disability.
Now, I find myself standing tall as a qualified instructor, surrounded by colleagues who helped build me up to be the confident person I am today. When I am in public spaces, I move with confidence, safe in the knowledge that were I to be confronted by an aggressor, my training would kick in and I would know when and how to defend myself.
If you think you would benefit from learning about personal safety, please get in touch.
Barry Lynn – Volunteer Instructor
In 1988 at the age of 16 years, Barry joined the Regular Army (Infantry) as a Junior Soldier.
After nearly 26 years service, he then joined the Army Reserves in which he is still serving.
He is also involved in Security doing door work and security events and is CP (Close Protection) trained.
In the past Barry has been involved in Boxing as a boxer and trainer whilst serving in the Army.
Since 2016, Barry has practised Krav Maga and qualified as an Instructor with ScotCPS in March 2018.
David Black – Volunteer Instructor
David has been registered blind for over twenty years now and since passing our Instructor course in early 2017, he has been running training courses for people with sensory deprivation (blind / visually impaired / hearing impaired / deaf) at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Falkirk.
David explains how our Personal Safety training changed his life; “As a blind person, like many blind people, I have actually felt unsafe.
When I lost my vision, depression and other things took over and it took me a while to come to terms with it. I was scared to leave the house – all the usual stuff.
You are taught safe routes and safe ways to get to places but still, unfortunately as a blind person, I have suffered verbal and physical abuse.
So instead of hiding at home and not doing anything, about nine years ago I took up Jujitsu and other martial arts to defend myself but I always had the question “Is this going to help me?” “Am I going to be able to defend myself?” “Is this actually going to help me as a blind person?”.
Then in 2016, I got in contact with Alan Bell through the Sensory Centre and he put me through a training course with The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety – and through that course they have taught me safe and easy ways to defend myself as a blind person – as a vulnerable person.
My confidence has rocketed. And now I have actually passed an Instructor training course and I am running personal safety courses at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre for ScotCPS for other sensory impaired people – both blind and deaf. Why not pop in and meet me?”
Kenny Gilchrist – Volunteer Instructor
Kenny is an Armed Forces veteran having joined the Royal Marines when he was 17 years.
During this time he practised several different forms of self defence including Karate, Judo and Boxing.
After leaving the Armed Forces, Kenny took an HND in Social Care and then several years later a BA in Acting and Performance. He then taught acting and drama both for the local authority and in his own drama clubs along with his wife.
Recently, Kenny has had some serious medical issues and is now registered disabled however he has found, since getting involved with ScotCPS, that he has seen his physical and mental health improve dramatically.
Kenny would now like to pass on what he has learned to those who feel they could benefit from it.
Yvette Robertson – Volunteer Instructor
Yvette is the first registered blind female in the UK to qualify as a Level 2 Personal Safety / Self Defence Instructor.
She started attending our Centre in Ardrossan back in 2017 in the hope that her confidence levels would improve and her anxiety would decrease. Yvette has Asperger’s Syndrome.
Since beginning her training Yvette has seen a dramatic increase in her confidence levels and this in turn has brought her anxiety levels down greatly.
Yvette trained twice weekly for over six months to be good enough to sit our Instructor exams and in March 2018, she became a Level 2 Instructor having passed the oral test, the physical teaching tests and the five minute Pressure Test where she successfully defended herself against four instructors to pass the course.
Yvette wants to teach others that they too can overcome obstacles, both physical and mental, to achieve their dreams.
Norma Baillie – Volunteer Instructor
Norma is the first registered blind female in the UK to qualify as a Level 1 Personal Safety / Self Defence Instructor.
She is the Founder and Operations Manager of PrioritEyes, which provides vision rehabilitation services across the UK. Norma and her team design and deliver 1:1 training to blind and partially-sighted people to enable them to rebuild their confidence and independence.
Having attended one of our ScotCPS courses for people with low or no vision, Norma experienced first hand the life-changing results the courses can have with participants.
Norma now takes every opportunity to promote our courses to individuals and professionals in the sight-loss sector and is an inspirational instructor for both sighted and blind people alike.