Scots are being urged to vote in the National Personal Safety Awards 2016 organised by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust – set up after a 25-year-old estate agent went missing.
They’re encouraged to enter their nominations to recognise the people, groups and employers that have promoted personal safety in an exceptional way.
Rachel Griffin, director of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said: “The awards are a fantastic way to highlight good practice across all sectors and to recognise the hard work of various individuals and agencies that promote and ensure personal safety. We have always been inspired by the breadth and depth of the different projects nominated for awards, all of which are making communities and workplaces safer places.”
The charity’s namesake is Suzy Lamplugh, a 25-year-old former estate agent who disappeared after she went to meet an unknown client in 1986. Although she has never been found, Lamplugh is presumed murdered and was legally declared dead in 1993.
Her parents, Paul and Diana Lamplugh, believe their daughter was unaware of the dangers in society and founded the Trust to highlight these risks and offer advice, action and support to minimise them.
This year’s awards sponsor is Peoplesafe, which specialises in lone worker safety and is one of the UK’s leading providers of simple and lightweight equipment, monitoring services and safety training.
Managing director Ian Johannessen said: “We are delighted to be involved with these awards and to be extending our collaboration with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, who are synonymous with campaigns for personal safety. At Peoplesafe, like the Trust, the safety of individuals is at the very heart of everything we do. So the opportunity to sponsor these awards is warmly welcomed.”
Previous winners include Ann Moulds who won the award for ‘Inspiring Individual’ for her work with stalking in Scotland. A previous victim of stalking, Moulds has tirelessly campaigned for a change in legislation surrounding stalking to improve protection for victims.
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on February 11. Awards will be given in nine categories this year, including two new honours: the Peoplesafe Personal Safety Champion Award and the Safer Campus Campaign Award. A full list and a nomination form are available on the Trust’s website.
The awards will be presented in London on March 17, 2016.
The Awards for 2016
The Peoplesafe Personal Safety Champion Award –awarded to the individual who facilitated the improvement of safety for employees in the workplace, especially for those employees who work alone.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust Safer Workplace Award– awarded to the employer who has done the most to improve personal safety awareness among staff, customer and/or suppliers.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust Safer Community Award– awarded to a local group, individual or local authority who has done the most to improve the personal safety of others and spread awareness of their work within their local area.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust Inspiring Individual Award– awarded to the individual who has gone over and above their job roles to promote personal safety in his/her organisation, school or community and inspired others in the process.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust Taking Stalking Seriously Award– awarded to the individual, community group or organisation that has done the most to support victims of stalking, or has campaigned and helped to raise awareness of the issues surrounding stalking.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust National Personal Safety Day Award– awarded to the workplace, school, or community champion who did the most to promote personal safety within their own organisation, school/college or local community on and around National Personal Safety Day 2015.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust Young Person’s Safety Award– awarded to young people (under the age of 25) or a youth group who have improved the personal safety of others. This could be a campaigner or campaign group, a project, or youth organisation which has run projects around personal safety issues.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust Best Safety Campaign Award– awarded to the individual, police force, local authority or charity which has run the best safety campaign, around issues from street crime and safer travelling, to being safer online or anything which has made people more aware of their personal safety.
The Safer Campus Campaign Award – awarded to the university or college who submitted the best campaign, during National Personal Safety Day, on campus safety.