Charities across the UK stand for and protect the most vulnerable in our society.

They regularly rely on volunteer staff who often work alone. Lone working can include:

  • Spending significant time in clients homes including interacting with relatives
  • Working with unpredictable people including the elderly, Alzheimers patients and those suffering from addiction
  • Providing a befriending service to those in isolation
  • Working unsociable hours
Whilst working with people in the community is why many people enjoy Charity work it can also create high risk situations if a good lone worker policy is not put in place.

Our aim is to grow our volunteer base from around 70 volunteers supporting people in their own homes to 2000 by 2016. Buddy schemes aren't as reliable as wed like and we needed something more robust in place to cover our Duty of Care as an organisation and to allow our paid staff to do their main job without worrying about the well-being of volunteers in the community.

Chris Badman: Macmillan Cancer Support

The Benefits of using a Lone Worker Alarm Solution for Charities:

  • Staff and volunteers have a high level of personal safety when working in the community
  • The reliability of the service makes it easier for the volunteer teams to carry out their work with confidence
  • Incentive to recruit volunteers as they treated in a professional way assured of being valued and looked after
  • The organisation is fulfilling its legislative duty of care for lone workers
  • Paid staff can do their main job without having to worry about the well-being of volunteers in the community

Guardian24 Charity Case Studies

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that aims to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer across the UK and to inspire millions of others to do the same. Their valued volunteers play a vital role in helping them to reach this goal, to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

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Addiction NI

Addiction NI is an alcohol and drug treatment charity based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The charity provides tailor-made treatment programmes for people with drug or alcohol problems, delivered in community settings. They also give confidential support for people affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use.

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Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity employs over 1,200 members of staff and a further 1,700 volunteers. Shelter’s free confidential helpline provides support 365 days per year where expert advisers will listen and support clients.

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Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a group of registered charities offering information, support and advice to almost two million people in the UK with sight loss. RNIB’s work is supported by more than 2,000 staff and approximately 4,000 volunteers throughout the country.

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