What we’ve been up to in 2017

This year, Safety Strategies has taught over 1,000 frontline staff in the transport industry, local government, health and community services. Both Tim Kitto, Safety Strategies’ Senior Instructor, and I find this work very rewarding.

Our one-day and two-day programs have been running for over 20 years, and this year we have taught our three-day program to over 200 people. The third day is run 6-9 months after the first two days, and staff come back to tell us how they have been applying the skills on the job. Topics like professionalism, cultural awareness and stress management are explored in greater depth.

Another highlight was our conference-style presentations at the Canterbury Bankstown Safety and Wellness Roadshow where we delivered a powerful message to over 150 people in just one hour!

Great options to deal with various scenarios — gives me the confidence to deal with aggressive customers.

Thank you, this has been one of the best training courses I have ever attended. I now place a greater value on my life.

Safety Strategies sponsors Thrive Madagascar

Safety Strategies formed a partnership with Thrive Madagascar in October 2014 after I had the privilege of going there on a trip with my church. One of the absolute highlights of that trip was teaching personal safety skills to the community in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, and in the rural village of Ambohidanerana.

I returned again in March this year and had the honour of teaching safety strategies to the staff of Thrive. It was amazing to find that the need for personal safety skills is universal! The same kind of risks of assault exist in Madagascar as in Australia. The people I taught appreciated the boost in confidence and self-awareness that those protection skills brought to them.

Our 2017 Aussie Team

Thrive staff learn Safety Strategies

Thrive sponsored children benefiting from Internet access

Working with Thrive has brought an enormous amount of gratitude into my life. I realise how fortunate I am to have been born in Australia. I’ve been given useful skills and a satisfying career.

Our appreciation goes to all the organisations and individuals who we have worked with in 2017, whose generosity enables us to give time and financial resources to Thrive Madagascar. Safety Strategies is now sponsoring their Internet, which will help the local Malagasy staff team, plus provide invaluable online educational resources for the 150 Kids in School Thrive supports.

Karen, Tim and the staff at Safety Strategies wish you a peaceful and refreshing festive season. We look forward to working with you in 2018. Please contact Karen on 0408 615 559 or karen@karenarmstrong.com.au, if we can assist in any way.