The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety was founded by Executive Manager, Alan Bell.
From 1997 to 2013 we operated as ‘Security And Safety’, a social enterprise providing personal safety, practical self defence and first aid courses throughout Scotland and based in the Scottish Highlands.
It was felt however that we should emphasise the not-for profit nature of the training services we provide and so on 31st May 2013 The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety was born and registered as a Scottish charity, SC044042.
Since then, the charity has grown.
Having initially operated as a cyber-Centre via our internet presence we decided in December 2014 to commit ourselves to a physical Centre and took out a long term lease on Barony St. John’s Church & Halls in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire. We are currently applying for funding to have the hall building completely renovated having opened the hall room and toilet facilities in June 2016.
As well as providing a physical Centre for our charity and a point of contact for the local community, we run personal safety / self defence classes in the evening and rent the hall out to various instructors for community activities including dance, exercise and martial arts.
We also want our Centre to be known as a true community focused Centre so we aim to offer ourselves as a venue for Christmas activities, Halloween parties, fayres and the like.
Eventually, with the opening of our Training Room, we plan to run bespoke Personal Safety in the Workplace courses, Lone Worker courses, First Aid courses and have an office presence for anyone seeking advice. However,
As a charity, we have strong links with various agencies in the North Ayrshire and Glasgow area and we can help with everything from domestic abuse and child safety to school bullying and workplace harassment.
The aim of The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety is to potentially save lives by preventing and reducing violence and the fear of violence; and to empower individuals to manage safer lives.
Our main objectives are:
- To raise awareness of the importance of personal safety in Scotland;
- To give those who are at risk of violence or those seeking advice in Scotland a point of contact;
- To provide practical solutions to help people in Scotland avoid violence and aggression;
- To raise the self confidence of course attendees via positive proactive training;
- To decrease the fear of crime within Scottish communities.