Providing free training to support student safety in the run up to 'Freshers Week'
In preparation for 'Freshers Week', the Training & Development Manager for SecuriGroup oversaw the delivery of free conflict management training and bystander awareness training to more than 150 student volunteers.
During Freshers Week, thousands of new students are encouraged to explore their new environment and celebrate – many of whom are new to the city or even the country – and are supported by senior students who volunteer as Freshers Helpers.
The main event of the year for student unions, Freshers represents a series of challenges for security teams who are responsible for supporting the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved.
In a landmark added-value initiative, SecuriGroup provided free conflict management training, and bystander training, to more than 150 students of the University of Glasgow's GU Union.
Conflict management is an approved security course focused on defusing situations before they escalate, whereas bystander training is a valuable awareness course designed to help people to identify and support vulnerable people – such as those who through intoxication are no longer in control of themselves.
The purpose of this course is to enhance the capabilities and awareness of the student volunteers, helping them to be better prepared to ensure the safety and wellbeing of new students during what can be an overwhelming experience.
Rob Kennedy, Training & Development Manager
The level of engagement was encouraging, and everyone seemed to grasp the core topics well. I am pleased to have seen such a positive response, and proud to have contributed to the safety of a potentially vulnerable group ahead of an excellent week.
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