Our Personal Safety courses and advice were recently featured in the RNIB Connect webpage.
Many thanks to RNIB, Martin Allen at the Forth Valley Sensory Centre and our instructor David Black.
Absolutely brilliant Instructor Training Day today to celebrate Alan and David’s 20th year buy Windows 10 Professional Key teaching personal safety skills.
Many thanks to all the team for working hard today especially John Divers and our two new registered blind instructors Michael McAllister and David Black who all passed their cheap Windows 10 Professional Key Instructor 5 minute Pressure Test today too.
Absolutely fantastic Instructor Training Day today to celebrate Alan and David’s 20th year teaching personal safety skills.
Many thanks to all the team for buy Windows 10 Professional product Key working hard today especially John Divers and our two new registered blind instructors Michael McAllister and David Black who all passed their microsoft10.com Instructor 5 minute Pressure Test today too.
Since August 2016, we have been successfully running our personal safety and practical self defence courses for the most vulnerable people in our society and victims of violence.
We now hope to renovate the smaller hall into a Training Room where we can run classroom based courses such as Lone Worker, Conflict Resolution, First Aid, etc. as well as provide a room which our partners can use (Child Protection Team; the local Chest, Heart & Stroke group; the local Dementia group; Your Options Understood service for the disabled, etc.)
So far we have managed to secure part funding for this project from The Hugh Fraser Foundation but we still need £13,000 for the rest of the renovation work and the equipment needed to convert this room into a training facility.
If you can help sponsor, donate or raise funds for this project, we would be very grateful.
Please check out our progress on our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/ScotCPS/
Many thanks, in advance.
Martial Arts Guardian magazine is the UK’s biggest and best online martial arts magazine and it’s a great honour to be featured in this month’s edition.
Simply click on the link below to view the article – it’s completely FREE.
The original reason for buying the disused and abandoned Barony St. John church and halls in Ardrossan, Scotland was to have a base for our charity – The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety.
Since opening up the hall room in the hall building last month, we have seen a flurry of activity, what with our own personal safety courses, first aid training for the local community, victims of violence contacting us direct for one-to-one training sessions and renting the hall out to other dance and exercise instructors for public classes.
Yesterday, we held our Instructor training day in the hall and this involved not only refresher first aid and physical skills training but we also invited a charity, Scottish War Blinded, along to teach us all how to interact with blind / visually impaired people and to be better understand the sight loss they are experiencing. This will help us as we develop our Personal Safety for the Blind and Visually Impaired course.
The training was presented by two Scottish War Blinded staff, Sharon McAllister and Sandra Graham, who brought with them a variety of glasses designed to demonstrate how different levels of blindness affect a person (macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, etc.) as well as different types of canes.
The canes are used by the blind and visually impaired to not only stay mobile but to also inform other members of the public of their condition. The first cane is called a â€œsymbol caneâ€ and is a short holding stick only about two feet long and is held out by a blind person to show the public that he/she is blind and may bump into you.
The second cane is called a â€œguide caneâ€ and is a longer cane which reaches almost to ground level and is used to find obstacles.
The third type of cane is a â€œlong caneâ€ and reaches to the ground where it can either be tapped or rolled, via a ball attachment on the tip, to enable the blind person to walk around towns avoiding obstacles such as people, kerbs, lampposts, etc.
All the canes are white to signify that the person holding it is blind or visually impaired however if you happen to come across someone with a red and white banded cane, this signifies that the user is someone with a hearing impairment as well as sight loss.
Sharon and Sandra then took myself and other blindfolded ScotCPS instructors out on a guided walk around Ardrossan town, much to the amusement of passers-by, including crossing the busy seafront road.
Â Â Â Â Although scary and daunting, this training gave all of our instructor team a greater understanding of what it must be like to be visually impaired and the huge number of obstacles blind people face just to remain mobile.
Karen Darke is our Patron for people with disabilities and has just won a Gold medal on day seven of the Paralympics in Rio.
Karen took the H1-3 time trial titleÂ in track cycling which brings ParalympicsGB’s medal haul so far to 37 golds – surpassing London 2012.
Best wishes from all at ScotCPS – well done Karen. 🙂
We are spending some time developing personal safety courses for the blind and visually impaired, working alongside Scottish War Blinded and their blind veterans as well as their partners Royal Blind, The Guide Dogs for the Blind and Visibility.