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“SoulPhone” – will we soon be able to make calls to departed loved ones?

“SoulPhone” could link us to the spirit world in two years, say experts 

Spirit collaborators include Albert Einstein, Max Planck, David Bohm, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Carl Sagan and Steve Jobs, says Psychic News.

 – A Psychic News exclusive this week but made available for use by the broader media commencing March 28th, via the statement below, written by Roy Stemman, Editor, Psychic News –  psychicnews.co.uk – tel 01376 563091 email pneditorials@gmail.com

March 31st 2017. Two teams of scientists are currently refining sophisticated equipment which, they claim, will soon make it possible for us to communicate with those we love who have passed to the next world.

Their early experiments, conducted with the help of mediums and experts in electrical engineering and other disciplines, are extremely promising, leading those involved to express a high degree of confidence in achieving their ambitious goal.

In fact, they are so confident that they have now decided, after years of secrecy, that it is time to share some of their results and ambitions with a wider audience. By doing so, they hope to attract the additional funding that is required to perfect their communication devices and expand the project internationally.

Psychic News, available in selected newsagents across the UK, is the first publication they have spoken to in depth about their work and publishes this article this week.

Endeavours to penetrate the veil between this world and the next with communications equipment are not new. Thomas Edison, the prolific American inventor, caused a media sensation almost a century ago when he told a reporter he was working on the development of a “spirit phone” (Next issue: “What happened to Edison’s ‘spirit phone’?” – but see the end of this article for a summary).

In more recent times, various researchers have claimed degrees of success in communicating with the next world using radio equipment or similar devices. The results, initially described as “electronic voice phenomena” (EVP) but more recently known as “instrumental trans-communication” (ITC), are sometimes impressive but are not yet reliable, despite the hundreds of researchers in many countries who are experimenting with these techniques.

Now, following years of research, a very different approach appears to be reaping results. Two teams are reporting positive results as they strive to achieve a momentous collaborative breakthrough: a permanent communications link – which they call the SoulPhone – between this world and the next.

Before I introduce the team members, here’s a brief summary of what they have achieved so far and, once funds are available, the projected timescale towards having a fully-operating and reliable channel of communication between this existence and the world of Spirit, the journal of science and healing.

Stages of development

Gary E. Schwartz first used the term SoulPhone a decade-and-a-half ago, in his book The Afterlife Experiments (2002), when describing potential applications of his research work carried out with evidential mediums. This had satisfied him that human consciousness continues beyond death.

In communicating his theories and research findings to fellow scientists, Schwartz has to use cautious language. For example, when he published the results of important proof-of-concept experiments (in the peer-reviewed Explore, in 2010 and 2011), he referred to the entities he was detecting in the laboratory as “hypothesised collaborating spirits (HCSs)”.

Their presence, he revealed, was detected using (1) a state-of-the-art silicon photomultiplier costing $2,500 (£2,000) per sensor, cooled to -22 degrees Celsius that can detect single photons of light in a pitch-black environment and, and (2) a state-of-the-art low light camera costing $40,000 (£32,000), typically used in astronomy for deep space imaging.

These tests provided confirmation of a medium’s perception of the presence of spirit entities in Schwartz’s laboratory. Even more important was the discovery that a “skilled” spirit could use the technology to produce statistically-significant “yes” and “no” responses.

This, of course, is an essential first step towards developing a practical communication technology. In effect – though this is not an analogy that Schwartz uses – it is like an electronic hands-off replacement of the Ouija board.

He was able to replicate these findings in a soundproof and electrically shielded chamber at the California Institute of Human Science. The results, together with other experiments at his own laboratory, convinced him that the creation of a functioning working prototype of a SoulPhone was not only feasible but highly probable.

Schwartz and his colleagues have explored the use of nine different state-of-the-art technologies over the past seven years, each of which has produced positive findings to various degrees. These include fluctuations in magnetic fields, radioactivity, infrared beams or pulsed light achieved by spirit entities as a way of registering their presence.

They also developed a super-sensitive microphone and sound-collecting system and combined it with certain computer and statistical procedures for detecting essentially subliminal sounds – far below the level that our ears can hear – to document the presence of a recordable audio signal.

To do this, it was necessary to build a sound-isolation chamber that was also electrically shielded (known as a Faraday cage) in the Tucson laboratory in order to eliminate the possibility that outside sources were producing the anomalous “noise” registered on their equipment.

Although the sound cannot be heard by the human ear, sophisticated computer software makes it audible by converting it into a measurement of decibels.

The Arizona team believe the path towards their ultimate goal will involve the staged development of a number of “soul devices” but this will only be possible when additional financial resources become available from investors who recognise its potential, to take the project from proof-of-concept to practical working prototypes. Schwartz is currently talking to potential backers.

Once funding is in place, these developments will follow:

SoulSwitch: this simple binary device – no more complex than a light switch – will allow communicating spirits to give either “yes” or “no” answers to questions. In this way, the answers they give to a short series of specific questions will confirm their identity. The team believes there is a 90-95 per cent chance this device could be functioning within 12 months of receiving sufficient funding.

SoulKeyboard: a series of SoulSwitches will broaden communication, enabling SoulText messages to be conveyed between this world and the next, in much the same way as we use smartphones or emails to communicate with each other today. The team says there is a similar degree of probability that the spirit keyboard will be ready two years after funding is made available.

SoulAudio: the next anticipated breakthrough will be a SoulAudio device that will enable people to hear and talk to those living in the next world.

SoulVideo: will enable visual images to be transmitted along with audio signals, much like Skype or Facetime.

SoulStudios: just as modern telecommunications need satellite signals and relay stations to carry our messages, so the SoulPhone devices will need to be connected to a SoulStudio which houses the technology to make this concept possible. The team’s ultimate vision is that it might be possible for people to have an “app” on their smartphones which will connect them to a SoulStudio.

However sceptical many people will be about this ambitious project, the teams involved have a high degree of confidence that what they are proposing is achievable.

Meet the teams involved

The driving force and chief scientist behind the SoulPhone project is Gary E. Schwartz who is based at the University of Arizona (UA). Schwartz studied first at Cornell University, achieving a psychology major and a chemistry minor in 1966, then received his PhD in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 where he later served as an assistant professor for five years.

He then became a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University where he held senior positions before moving to Arizona in 1988.

As well as teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, Schwartz is professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at UA’s main Tucson campus.

Author of over 400 scientific papers and editor of 11 academic books, he is now the Director of the UA’s Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (LACH) which was formerly the Human Energy Systems Laboratory.

In addition, Gary Schwartz’s name will be familiar to many Psychic News readers as the author of several important books on mediumship, spirit communication and associated subjects (see panel).

“One of my colleagues has described me as the Helen Keller of afterlife research because I don’t see or hear spirits,” he told one interviewer. “So I have to rely totally on evidence-based mediums and until the technology comes along, I’m dependent on their eyes and ears.”

The Earthly ‘B team’

One of the mediums who plays a vital role in the SoulPhone research is Schwartz’s wife, Rhonda Eklund Schwartz, whose mediumship developed after the death of her mother, Marcia Eklund, before she met Gary.

Rhonda acts as the coordinator and interface between the spirits who are communicating and the scientists who are seeking a better form of dialogue between the living and the so-called dead.

In order to separate Schwartz’s pure research from any future application of the discoveries being made at LACH, the SoulPhone Foundation has been established by Mark Pitstick, author and broadcaster, and Bob Staretz, a physicist and electrical engineer who has studied consciousness since early adulthood.

Pitstick, with a background in psychology and counselling, has over 40 years’ experience and training in hospitals, mental health centres and private practice. He is also the author of Soul Proof: compelling evidence that no one really dies and a documentary based on that book, and Wellness: a Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind & Spirit.

The foundation’s co-founder, Staretz, studied at Tufts University and Ohio State University, then moved into leading edge research and advanced technology developments in electronics and telecommunications. He enjoyed a long friendship with Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the Moon and the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), an organisation whose main focus is the study of consciousness.

During their 28-year friendship, Mitchell and Staretz collaborated on many research projects, journal articles, papers and presentations, including The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness (Journal of Cosmology, 2011, Vol 14).

The foundation also benefits from the services of an optical sciences engineer and staff members Beth West and Tracy Soussi. They, and the LACH workers, are referred to by Schwartz as the “B team”.

The other-worldly ‘A team’

In addition, various mediums have been involved at various stages, providing feedback and input from spirit entities who are as eager to contribute to the successful introduction of spirit communication technology as their earthly counterparts.

These spirits, whom Schwartz referred to initially as the Sacred Promise Team, are now called the “A team”. Their real identities were cloaked in secrecy for much of the time, even within the LACH laboratory, and they were given pseudonyms.

Now, however, various core members of the team of 33 spirit entities have been named and their contributions to the project fully acknowledged and honoured.

Marcia Eklund and Susy Smith are key members of the “A team”. Rhonda Eklund Schwartz believes her mother and Smith, a well-known psychical researcher with a particular interest in afterlife codes, brought her and Gary together. Schwartz regarded Susy as his adopted grandmother. She wrote 30 books on parapsychology and survival of consciousness.

The other spirit collaborators who have now been named include theoretical physicists Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, and Max Planck and David Bohm, both famous for their work on quantum theory.

Also in the “A team” are the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison, electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla, the mathematician who formulated the theory of electromagnetic radiation James Clerk Maxwell, and astronomer and astrobiologist Carl Sagan.

As well as this formidable group of scientists, the team also includes Harry Houdini, the escapologist who was famous for his investigation of Spiritualism, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, and – who better to assist with the development of the SoulPhone? – Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs.

Lastly, a spirit who was a global celebrity is also an active spirit collaborator on the laboratory’s subliminal sound experiments. The Arizona “B team” has been reluctant to identify him, except by the pseudonym “Peter”, out of respect for his family. They have now decided to reveal that “Peter” is Michael Jackson, who is known to have taken an interest in Gary Schwartz’s after-life research shortly before his untimely passing.

Houdini’s identity was also kept secret at the start of the project, when he was referred to by the researchers simply as HHH, an abbreviation of “Hypothesised Harry Houdini”.

The Arizona team realise that the identitities of the spirits who are working with them will result in controversy and possibly even ridicule, but they emphasise that ultimately: “It’s not about the team, it’s about the technology!” 

Until the SoulPhone becomes a reality and opens up a direct channel of communication, the “B team” continues to rely on advice and encouragement from “A team” members conveyed in a more traditional way – through mediums.

Speaking to me from the Tucson laboratory, where he was spending a few weeks getting fully acquainted with the project, Mark Pitstick recounted a conversation he had with Schwartz over dinner the previous evening.

“Gary gave some examples of communications from David Bohm, who’s one of the pre-eminent quantum physicists and a contemporary of Einstein. The sentence was something like: ‘Acceleration of energy can assist manifestation of communication’. And Gary says: ‘What am I supposed to do with that? What does it mean?’ Right now, all that can come through to us are snippets.”

Part of the story behind the SoulPhone project has been revealed for the first time in print in an additional section to a just-published revised edition of Rhonda Eklund Schwartz’s 2011 book Love Eternal: breakthrough personal and scientific evidence for life after death (Param Media, 2017) which is now available on Amazon. Her husband also contributes an Afterword.

As well as describing how her own mediumship developed, Rhonda touches briefly on how the spirits of Einstein, Houdini, Conan Doyle and others came into their lives and the striking synchronicities that occurred around them.

And she promises another book, to be published later this year, which will tell the full story.

“This isn’t fantasy or wishful thinking,” she assures her readers. “We sincerely believe it is a genuine reality on the verge of being discovered, for which science is already yielding convincing evidence.

“Let’s be sure to grab this opportunity to usher in a new era of communication capable of transforming our world in a way that would rival that of the internet, and offer a future for humanity which would be bright and full of love, peace and hope.”

*Attempts to build equipment that would simplify communication between this world and the next have a long history. Among those who attempted it was American inventor Thomas Edison. Not only is he a member of Schwartz’s “A team” but he also successfully participated in the Scole experiments in the UK. We’ll examine his two-world involvement in the development of spirit communication devices in the May issue of Psychic News. 

About Roy Stemman: Psychic News editor Roy Stemman, who has had a five-decade association with the magazine, is also the author of several books on different aspects of the paranormal, notably Spirit Communication and The Big Book of Reincarnation. His TV work has included an hour-long documentary made in Lebanon on children who claim to remember past lives. He is a member of the Society for Psychical Research, as is Professor Gary E. Schwartz, the University of Arizona researcher whose planned development of the “SoulPhone” spirit communication device is the subject of this exclusive feature.

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Note to the media. For further information please contact:

Roy Stemman, Editor, Psychic Newspsychicnews.co.uk – Tel 01376 563091 email: pneditorials@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

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The Organic Protein Company Ltd announces pure human breast milk protein powder

A new protein source for adults and children alike, made from pasteurised human breast milk

The Organic Protein Company April 1st pack shot

 

* Offers a safe alternative to the risky online trade in unpasteurised human breast milk, with higher protein to boot
* High in protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals and immunoglobulins
* Dairy free and gluten free.
* From milk produced by carefully vetted mothers following a primarily organic diet
* We can all now enjoy the uniquely beneficial nutrients traditionally only available for consumption by infants
* Hypoallergenic

April 1st. Brighton, UK. The Organic Protein Company Ltd – founded in 2014 to market and sell organic whey protein powder – launches a new and exciting protein powder today, April 1st 2016, that’s “packed with all the goodness that organic, free range human breast milk can bring,” says founder and managing director Dan Whitehead.

About Dan: http://organicproteincompany.com/our-story

The “Fed-By-Breast” product is the brainchild of Dan, who himself was breastfed by his mum until the age of 10 months. He says “Human breast milk is the one substance in nature that is made specifically for human consumption. We’ve taken that and made it even better by gently filtering out modern day impurities and naturally occurring sugars and fats, giving us a clean, highly bioavailable protein source.”

Dan adds, “The demand for human breast milk has been growing steadily over the last couple of years but I believe the market has been hampered by the associated risks of catching any number of diseases. We’ve eliminated these risks by offering a pasteurised alternative. At £100 for 400g, or 20 servings, it is quite possibly the most expensive protein powder on the market, but when you compare this to the prices being asked for the fresh stuff it actually offers excellent value.

“The market price for fresh or chilled breast milk is around £50 per pint. With our product the buyer will be getting the equivalent of 40 pints per 400g pack, which is excellent value, especially given this is the absolute gold standard in the world of protein supplements. We expect the first batch to sell out in hours.”

New and unique food source

He adds, “Uniquely, we will pay mums an undisclosed high fee for their liquid milk, which will then be heated to 70C for 15 seconds to destroy any potentially harmful bacteria, after which it is filtered to remove impurities, fats and sugars. This results in a higher protein content, too.”

Apart from being high in protein, dairy and gluten-free, “Fed-By-Breast” will be very low in transfats, zero in dangerous bacteria and viruses and high in calcium, natural vitamins, minerals and immunoglobulins. “All this results in numerous immune, recovery, nutritional and muscle-building benefits,” affirms Dan.

He emphasises, “The milk is taken from carefully vetted mums – who are on a primarily organic diet and free to roam outside the home – using a unique human milk extraction process.”

“Fed-By-Breast” will be sold online initially but Dan hopes to attract interest from High St retailers and independent health stores keen to attract a new kind of keep-fit and keep-strong clientele. “For those who desire the highest quality protein along with the uniquely beneficial nutrients we used to only enjoy during the first year of our lives, only our world-first ‘Fed-By-Breast’ can deliver that.”

For more information please contact Dan at info@organicproteincompany.com

Dan’s popular, mainline organic whey protein product is available at organicproteincompany.com

Advisory note. “No babies, husbands, partners or boyfriends/other will be harmed by the existence of ‘Fed-By-Breast’ because all milk, which is humanely extracted, will be verified by the mums to be surplus to all in-home and other requirements.”

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Family fun day focuses on preventing child sexual abuse in Ceredigion and will culminate in balloon release

(July 26, 2013) Two organisations committed to making the lives of children better will put preventing child sexual abuse firmly on the agenda this week by hosting an awareness and prevention family fun day. The one day event taking place at Cardigan Leisure Centre today (Friday, July 26) will be attended by Julie Morgan AM, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children.

The event is a collaboration between the national child sexual abuse prevention campaign Stop it Now! Wales and Jig-So Children’s Centre, Cardigan, and marks the fourth anniversary of Stop it Now! Wales.

Attendees include:- Julie Morgan AM; Mr Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys; Mr Parry Davies, Strategic Director – Care, Protection and Lifestyle and Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ceredigion County Council and Chief Inspector Angela Reed, Dyfed Powys Police.

Activities throughout the event (11am-2pm) include face painting, outdoor games, mobile making with Welsh Women’s Aid, mini sports, activities from various organisations and a design a balloon competition.

The day will culminate in a charity balloon race to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Stop it Now! Wales. The balloons carry contact numbers for Jig-So and the Stop it Now! Helpline. They cost £1 each and are environmentally friendly. Local Florist in Cardigan, Pink Orchid, has donated the helium. Prizes for the furthest balloon travelled that is returned include, among other things, a hamper of “goodies” and a family ticket to Folley Farm Adventure Park and Zoo.

Multi-agency staff from across Ceredigion who work with children or families are also expected to attend.

Julie Morgan AM Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children said:

I’m delighted to take part in this event organised by the Stop it Now! Wales campaign.

“It’s so important that the issue of sexual abuse of children is highlighted and is brought out into the open so that we can discuss it and debate how we can best come together to stop it.”

National Manager of Stop it Now! Wales Rebecca Morgan said:           

“Sexual abuse affects more children than we would like to think – at least one in ten across Wales. Events like this, where we get to raise awareness of the problem and talk about what can be done to prevent abuse from happening in the first place, are really important.

“Stop it Now! Wales is celebrating four years of working to protect children from sexual harm and campaigning for more emphasis on prevention in government policy.

“When we launched in 2009, our public survey told us that 70 per cent of people in Wales wanted to know more about child sexual abuse. Since then we have delivered over 400 awareness raising and education sessions and courses to over 4000 parents and carers across Wales. Calls to the Stop it Now! helpline have increased steadily year upon year and we continue to expand and support both the current child and family workforces as well as the workforces of the future in taking a pro-active approach to protecting children and young people from sexual harm.”

Linda Grace, Jig-So Chair of Trustees said:

“It is a privilege to be working in partnership with Stop it Now! Wales on this vitally important campaign on preventing the sexual harm of children.

“This work has added a significant dimension to the work Jig-So delivers in support of families throughout Ceredigion and other communities.

“Both parents and professionals consistently tell us how much they value the opportunity to discuss this issue and how to gain access to other resources of support.”

The Stop it Now! campaign operates a Freephone confidential helpline – 0808 1000 900 – which people can call for advice and support in relation to child sexual abuse issues.

Residents of Ceredigion and the surrounding areas can access further information on protecting children from sexual abuse from the Parents Protect! website – www.parentsprotect.co.uk

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 Notes to Editors:

 1. For more information please contact Deborah Denis, Stop it Now! Media and Communications Manager, on +44 (0) 1372 847160, +44 (0) 7540 690315 or ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk or Linda Grace, Jig-So Chair of Trustees on +44 (0) 7974 732275.

2. Media are invited to attend the event on July 26th where photo opportunities will be available. The event begins at 11.00.

3. The event will be attended by

·       Julie Morgan AM and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children

·       Mr Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys

·       Mr Parry Davies, Strategic Director – Care, Protection and Lifestyle and Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ceredigion County Council

·       Chief Inspector Angela Reed, Dyfed Powys Police

·       Stop it Now! National Manager, Rebecca Morgan

4. Stop it Now! Wales aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is supported by an alliance of leading children’s charities, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The Stop it Now! Helpline is funded by the Public Protection and Mental Health Group in the National Offender Management Service of the Ministry of Justice, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, charitable trusts and donors. Stop it Now! Wales is supported by the Welsh Government. www.stopitnow.org.uk  Stop it Now! also runs the public education website www.parentsprotect.co.uk.

New report shows over half of parents and carers do not feel confident to protect their children from sexual abuse – while calls for help relating to protecting children continue to rise

July 17th 2013:  Six out of ten (59%) parents and carers are not as confident as they would like to be when it comes to protecting their children from sexual abuse. And if they had concerns only 70% would feel confident to act upon or report these concerns.  7.7 million families have dependent children in the UK[1] which could mean 4.5 million families are lacking the confidence to protect their children.

The only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to tackling child sexual abuse, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, reveals the figures in a new report from its Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Campaign and Helpline.

Data was collected from 2,303 parents and carers who Stop it Now! worked with between October 2012 and March 2013. Parents and carers were asked to rate their confidence levels in a number of areas before attending a seminar on child sexual abuse prevention. Findings show:

·        Prior to the workshop only 41% of parents and carers rated themselves as ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about being able to keep their children safe from sexual abuse. Post-workshop this almost doubled to 79%

·        Prior to the workshop only 70% of parents and carers stated they felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about acting on, or reporting, any concerns they may have about child sexual abuse. Post workshop this had risen to 92%

·        Prior to the workshop, only 27% of parents and carers stated they felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about being able to spot signs of sexual abuse in their child’s behaviour. Post workshop this almost trebled to 79%

·        Prior to the workshop only 13% of parents and carers felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about spotting potentially concerning behaviour in an adult. Post workshop 69% rated themselves as ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’

The findings are contained in the Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Helpline and Campaign ten year report, which also shows that calls to the confidential resource climbed from 1,024 in 2003 to 5,676 in 2012. Over the last three years the number of callers has increased at an average rate of 24% each year as the public has become more aware of the Helpline’s existence and as public concern about child sexual abuse has risen.

Calls fall into three main categories of caller:- adults concerned about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour (38%); family, friends and other adults concerned about the behaviour of another adult (27%) and parents and carers concerned about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour (6%). Other callers include adults concerned about children who may have been abused (5%), professionals seeking case advice (13%) and adult survivors of sexual abuse (7%).

Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Director of Stop it Now! UK and Ireland said:

“Our report clearly shows that while adults can and do take action to protect a child when they know where to go for help, many are not sure of what to look for and what action they can take if they do have concern. The Stop it Now! Helpline is one of the few places they can go for confidential, expert help, and growing numbers of adults are using the service.

“Child sexual abuse affects one in six children in the UK. Whilst it often hits the headlines, this is typically only after harm has been done. It is a scandal that so little is done to prevent abuse before it happens. Sadly the Parents Protect! sexual abuse prevention seminars, which achieved so much in improving the knowledge and confidence of those best placed to protect their children, have lost funding from the Department of Education, despite on-going demand. The Governments of Scotland and Wales continue to fund Parents Protect work for their parents and carers.

“If we are to take the problem of child sexual abuse seriously, we must behave as if prevention were a possibility. At present it feels like we are resigned to the fact that lots of our children are being abused and we simply wring our hands after the next publicised tragedy. This does nothing to stop it happening and it does even less for the thousands of children suffering abuse in silence.

“We need a public education campaign on the same scale as the drink drive and child obesity campaigns. We need Government to take a comprehensive look at services to prevent abuse from happening as well as to respond appropriately after it has happened – and we need all of this yesterday. Our children deserve nothing less.”

Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said:

“’The majority of adult survivors of sexual abuse who contact the NAPAC support line tell us they were abused by someone they knew.

“It is absolutely vital that parents and carers are confident about what to look for and what to do if they have concerns. It is not up to children to protect themselves and we know very few children disclose the abuse that is happening to them at the time.

“Parents, carers, family members and other protective adults are best placed to protect children but they must be informed and able to seek help and take action if they have concerns.”

The Helpline and Campaign report covers ten years of pioneering work to protect children from sexual abuse. It concludes by stating that to really tackle child sexual abuse in the UK, Government needs to adopt a comprehensive approach to prevention.

The Stop it Now! Helpline is currently the subject of an independent evaluation funded by the EU and conducted by NatCen Social Research, Britain’s largest independent social research organisation. Due to conclude in Spring 2014, the evaluation will inform the development of similar sexual abuse prevention helplines elsewhere in Europe.

 

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Notes to editors:

For interviews contact:

Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, on +44 (0) 1372 847160 | +44 (0) 777 853 2851 | dfindlater@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

Deborah Denis, Media and Communications Manager at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, on +44 (0) 1372 847160, +44 (0) 7540 690315 or ddenis@lucyfaithfull.org.uk

 

1.       About the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk

www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk

 

2.       About Stop it Now! 

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is supported by an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Children England and The National Association of People Abused in Childhood, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and donations. www.stopitnow.org.uk


[1] Office for National Statistics, Family Size 2012

People Dynamics appointed channel partner for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool

May 2nd 2013  Preston-based People Dynamics Consultants Ltd,  specialists in HR and employee relations, has been appointed a channel partner for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool, by its UK developer, Dinamiks Ltd.

The partnership enables People Dynamics to expand its range of services and offer Dinamiks to clients and prospects regardless of their location. “End users don’t install the software or update it,” says People Dynamics Managing Director Chris Munnery, “because Dinamiks is a web-based, anywhere-anytime solution. It’s all done on the cloud.”

He sees Dinamiks fitting in well with the current phase of the business cycle. “Many companies which have managed to survive the economic downturn are now starting to  focus again on getting the best out of their staff, and getting their performance management in place before recruitment finally becomes a possibility again.”  Dinamiks, he adds, “has a place in every part of the cycle but provides a good launch pad for a business in the middle of it, which is where many firms are now.”

People Dynamics mainly provides its consultancy services in the North West and helps clients with employment compliance issues; recruitment and selection; HR strategy and operations; training; employee relations; reward; organisational development, and change management.

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, welcomed People Dynamics as Dinamiks’ latest channel partner. “We are delighted to have Chris Munnery’s company on board and we look forward to working with him to grow our presence in the UK, with a focus in the North West and other markets.”

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is used by SMEs around the world to carry out regular staff performance appraisals, and recording the progress of personal development plans against targets, and for the following further core activities: talent management; identifying which staff are star performers [and why], and allowing poorer performers to be trained up; compliance; support of personal development plans, and ensuring staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the business.  

Available 24/7 via secure web access, Dinamiks also reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns objectives with business goals; delivers appraisal analysis in real time; saves time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training/coaching/other development is required; assists with issues around employment law.

More at: www.dinamiks.com and www.peopledynamicshr.co.uk

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Note to the press.  For further information please contact:

Chris Munnery, People Dynamics Consultants Ltd

Tel (+44) 01995 641043 christopher.munnery@peopledynamicshr.co.uk

Or Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835  shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

Tel (+44) (0)1403 711177  paul@western-pr.com

Surrey woman to run London marathon for local sexual abuse charity close to her heart, as government cuts hit the charity’s prevention work

April 12, 2013: After months of training, Krystal Newbury, 32, an Administration Manager from Epsom, is going through final preparations for the London Marathon on Sunday, April 21st.

Krystal is raising funds for the Surrey based Lucy Faithfull Foundation and its Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Campaign and Helpline which work to prevent child sexual abuse – a charity very close to her heart.

The Foundation has been working to tackle child sexual abuse since 1992 and launched the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline in 2002. The Confidential Freephone Helpline, which operates from Surrey, is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Due to a decision by the Department for Education to not provide funding to Stop it Now! England, the campaign now has limited capacity to deliver its successful sexual abuse prevention programme, Parents Protect!. The Helpline is also looking at cost-cutting measures despite a continued increase in demand for its services. 

Krystal selected the Foundation and Stop it Now! as her chosen charity because tackling child sexual abuse and protecting children from harm is a subject very close to her heart. She said: 

“Someone I know was sexually abused as a child and I have seen first-hand the impact it can have.  Being so close and seeing them live a daily battle is heartbreaking. I have struggled at times with feeling so angry about the trauma they have suffered, are still suffering and will always suffer. Knowing that I am helpless to say any words of comfort to help marginally soothe their pain is really hard.

“By raising money through running the London Marathon I want to help The Lucy Faithfull Foundation make a difference to the lives of others. The Foundation not only assists victims and the families of those affected, it also works to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.

“I’d also like every adult in Surrey to do just one thing to protect a child – that could be visiting the Parents Protect! website to get tips on keeping children safe or it could be talking to their child’s nursery or school about their child protection policies.”

Spokesperson for the Foundation and it’s Stop it Now! Campaign, Deborah Denis, said:

“Child sexual abuse is a real issue that affects around one in six children across the UK. In Surrey, this could mean at least 45,000 children are affected.

“While it is a problem that has always been around, recent media coverage of cases such as that of Jimmy Savile have brought it to the forefront of people’s minds. And while demand for our services, and crucially our Parents Protect! prevention programme, have never been greater, we unfortunately we don’t have the funds to meet the ever growing demand. That’s why support from people like Krystal is so greatly appreciated. She’s a fabulous supporter and we wish her all the very best for the Marathon which she has trained so hard for.”

Krystal originally set a target of raising £1000 but has already exceeded this and raised over £1800. 

To make a donation in support of Krystal’s determination search for ‘Krystal Newbury Virgin Money Giving’ online or go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=KrystalNewbury 

To find out more about how you can protect children from sexual abuse visit www.parentsprotect.co.uk

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Notes to editors:

For more information and/or interview opportunities with Krystal or Deborah, please contact Deborah Denis on ddenis@stopitnow.org.uk | 01372 847160 | 07540 690 315

1.       About Stop it Now! 

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Children England and The National Association of People Abused in Childhood, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. www.stopitnow.org.uk

 

2.       About the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk

SureSet signs to use Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool

January 17th 2013.   Market-leading permeable paving company SureSet UK Ltd is the latest in a string of new users of Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool. The Warminster-based firm is to use Dinamiks with immediate effect after purchasing an annual licence.

Dinamiks will be utilised by SureSet to replace annual paper-based performance appraisals and roll out other performance-based initiatives.

Diane Crowther, Finance and HR Director, SureSet, explains why the manufacturer decided to go with the online, paperless approach. “We looked into employee performance systems while reviewing our HR procedures, because we knew that we tended to use our paper appraisal system just once a year.

“We felt that as a modern business we wanted to do much more with appraisals, and that an online system would provide greater flexibility, quick and easier input and near-instant analysis of the results.”

Crowther adds, “We researched suppliers and chose Dinamiks because we felt it provided the best value for money and the best feedback to our enquiries.

“SureSet will use Dinamiks to ensure that employees understand what is expected of them by setting clear targets for them within the system, updating when necessary, monitoring throughout the year and reviewing the targets at the end of 12 months,” she says. “We will use the job descriptions for each role to identify targets to be set.”

About SureSet 

SureSet logo

SureSet is the UK’s leading manufacturer of permeable, resin bound surfacing materials, and has been supplying high quality permeable paving for residential and commercial projects for more than 13 years.

The company provides a full supply and installation service nationwide. Its products are used in a wide range of  projects, including driveways, pathways, tree pits, schools, access roads, car parks, and swimming pools and interior applications.

More about SureSet at  sureset.co.uk

email mail@sureset.co.uk

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is proven, as online appraisal software, across continents. Available 24/7 via secure web access, it reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, helps management appraisal, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

More about Dinamiks at dinamils.com

email info@dinamiks.com

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Note to the press.  For further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

T (+44) (0)1243 538835

E shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Diane Crowther, Finance and HR Director, SureSet UK Ltd

T +44 (0)1985 841180
E mail@sureset.co.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,

T (+44) (0)1403 711177

E paul@western-pr.com

Staff leave planner WhosOff.com scoops a win at UK’s Software Satisfaction Award

Canterbury, Kent. October 16th 2012. WhosOff.com won the UK’s Software Satisfaction Award on October 11th, in the “HR and Human Capital Management – SME” category, for its globally used online staff leave planner, WhosOff.

The awards night, held at Harrods, was hosted by author, humourist, broadcaster and actor Gyles Brandreth, who was on top form and presented WhosOff.com co-founder and director Philip Cross with the award.

WhosOff’s Philip Cross with Gyles Bandreth

Says Cross, “We are really proud to be flying the flag for Canterbury-based businesses and count local firms such as Motorline Group, Heritage Transport and Intake Engineering among our many users. In addition we were delighted to be on the winners’ rostrum alongside some of the biggest names in business-to-business software such as Salesforce, AVG and PostcodeAnywhere, among others.

“We’d like to thank all those customers who voted for us. It was their votes – for our excellence in customer service – that propelled us to the winning spot.”

Cross adds that while WhosOff.com is keen to mention its local customers and presence, the company also helps UK exports with its users in more than 40 countries around the world.

Users pay by monthly-based subscription and access WhosOff.com via laptop or desktop computers or by WhosOff’s mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

“WhosOff helps businesses reduce the time and money spent on paper-chasing staff leave requests around the office,” says Cross. “Users love it because it means they can forget about managing the mundane tasks of finding out how much holiday people have remaining, and when they’re off and when they’re not. WhosOff does it all for you, regardless of business sector.”

More at:
http://www.whosoff.com/blog/SSA2012-WINNERS-HR-and-HCM-SME-Category
and http://www.softwaresatisfaction.co.uk

About WhosOff.com

Founded in Canterbury, Kent, in 2006, WhosOff.com offers a free, two month trial period of its full service, to enable users to fully evaluate it. The tool is used by more than 800 companies globally – 600 in the UK alone. Users include small businesses of four staff up to blue chip global companies with thousands of staff. WhosOff is a registered trademark in the UK and US. It is also available via a handy mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

Web: http://www.WhosOff.com Email: phil@whosoff.com

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Note to the media. For further information please contact:

Philip Cross, WhosOff.com, phil@whosoff.com +44 (0) 1227 764806
or see http://www.whosoff.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
paul@western-pr.com (+44 (0)1403 711177

Online staff leave planner WhosOff.com shortlisted for the “Smarta 100, together with O2” Awards

Canterbury, October 12th, 2012. Online staff leave planner WhosOff.com is through to the finals of the “2012 Smarta 100, together with O2” Awards, described by Smarta and 02 as “the ultimate index of the UK’s savviest, supremely disruptive, most resourceful and socially-beneficial small businesses.”

WhosOff.com, used by 800 companies around the world, 600 of them in the UK, will learn next month if it has gained the £10,000 prize as overall winner, or if it has won one of six special awards for innovation, technology, resources, marketing, people and social impact.

All winners will be announced at The Smarta 100 Awards final on Thursday, November 8th at London’s Proud2, The O2, Greenwich. Voting is already under way by judges Theo Paphitis (Ryman and Dragons’ Den), Sháá Wasmund (Smarta), Ben Dowd (O2 UK), Rowan Gormley (Naked Wines), Mike Soutar (ShortList Media), Thea Green (Nails Inc) and Alastair Lukies (Monitise). The £10,000 prize is courtesy of 02.

It is the second time in two months that WhosOff.com – used in 42 countries around the world, by start-ups, SMEs and blue chip corporations – has featured in a UK-wide award. In August, WhosOff.com was shortlisted for the Small Online Business of Year Award at this year’s National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, the winners of which will be announced on November 13th.

Philip Cross, co-founder of WhosOff.com, said, “Our staff are delighted once again to see their hard work recognised and get through to an award final. They have helped us take WhosOff.com from an idea to a global enterprise that generates income from each of the tens of thousands of users on it. This a great day for the company and British innovation.”

In total, 2012’s Smarta 100 are generating revenues of over £200 million a year and employing more than 1,104 people. Sixty six per cent of the 100 – WhosOff.com among them – are self-funded.

More at http://www.smarta.com/smarta100

About WhosOff.com

Founded in Canterbury, Kent, in 2006, WhosOff.com offers a free, two month trial period of its full service, to enable users to fully evaluate it. The app is currently used by more than 800 companies globally – 600 in the UK alone. Users include small businesses of four staff up to blue chip global companies with thousands of staff. WhosOff is a registered trademark in the UK and US.

Web:  www.WhosOff.com  Email: phil@whosoff.com

About Smarta

Smarta is the UK’s leading online resource for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs. Smarta also operates Smarta Business Builder, a cloud-based toolkit offering accounts, website, email, legal docs and business planning software from a single web page from £20 a month. Smarta was founded by Shaa Wasmund and is backed by some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs, including Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis, Michael Birch and Sir Richard Needham. At the heart of everything Smarta does is a commitment to encourage more people to start and grow successful businesses.
Smarta is supported by RBS, Intuit, NatWest, Viking and Mishcon de Reya.

About O2

O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading communications company with over 23 million customers – read more about O2 at http://www.o2.co.uk/news

O2 runs 2G and 3G networks and was the first to trial 4G/LTE, reaching speeds of over 100Mpbs, as well as owning half of Tesco Mobile. It also operates O2 Wifi, O2 Health, O2 Unify, O2 Media and has recently launched the O2 Wallet. O2 employs over 11,000 people in the UK, has 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team.

Telefónica UK Limited is part of Telefónica Europe plc which uses O2 as its commercial brand in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic and is a business division of Telefónica SA.

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Dinamiks Ltd appoints Dawn Russell Consulting Ltd as a channel partner for its online employee performance management tool

August 15th 2012, Chichester. Dinamiks Ltd, the developer of Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool, has appointed Dawn Russell Consulting Ltd – dawnrussell.org.uk – as a channel partner with a specialism in the SME and housing association sectors.

The appointment allows West Malling [Kent]-based Dawn Russell Consulting to provide Dinamiks as a new service offering.

Proven in the UK and across continents, Dinamiks is a UK-developed cloud application designed for use in employee performance management, talent management, identifying why some staff are star performers, compliance, the support of personal development plans – and ensuring all staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the employer organisation.

Dawn Russell’s company joined the channel partner programme “first, because Dinamiks provides the tools businesses need to manage the performance process within their organisations, and secondly, because it aligns objectives to business goals, which focuses everyone on the main drivers for business success and growth, she said.”

Improving staff efficiency should be paramount at all times, but is especially so now, she said, adding, “I’m a passionate advocate of information and performance efficiency across a business. It’s particularly relevant in 2012 – and looking ahead to 2013 – when businesses need to make sure their staff perform the right tasks to ensure that all aspects of the business pull together.”

Dawn Russell

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, welcomed Dawn Russell Consulting as a channel partner. “We are pleased to have Dawn’s company on board to let SMEs and housing associations know that Dinamiks can help them maintain or improve high levels of service while reducing costs or preventing them from rising,” she said.

About Dawn Russell Consulting

Founded in 2010 by Dawn Russell after working in blue chip management consultancies in London, social housing and financial organisations, Dawn Russell Consulting helps SMEs implement business and process changes, including analysing and assessing current ways of working, advising on service improvements and system and solution implementations; developing training materials and delivering training to staff; developing policies, procedures and operating manuals to support implementations and new ways of working – ensuring the full information management lifecycle is supported.

More via dawn@dawnrussell.org.uk

Dinamiks at a glance

Available 24/7 via secure web access; reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns employees’ objectives with the business goals; helps deliver up-to-the-minute appraisals and saves a huge amount of time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training or coaching and/or other development is required; helps with compliance [including Bribery Act 2010 issues] and employment law; helps with ePDPs; identifies the stars and poor performers; aligns business goals and objectives to the annual Personal Development Review [PDR].

Dinamiks also provides for a personal development plan for recording progress against planned development targets. More at: http://www.dinamiks.com

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Note to the press.  For further information please contact:

Dawn Russell, Dawn Russell Consulting,

Tel (+44) (0)1732 848374 | 07800 945116

dawn@dawnrussell.org.uk

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835  shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

(+44) (0)1403 711177  paul@western-pr.com