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Lone workers and students are offered reassurance during the winter nights


A mobile phone application that links to Chichester Careline is helping to provide people who are walking or travelling alone, with the reassurance they need during the dark winter nights.

The application allows a person to leave a message on an application on their phone to say where they are going. They can then set the application to call the mobile within a period of time. If this is not answered, it immediately alerts Chichester Careline, who will raise the alarm that there is a problem. They can also press a button on the phone if they are in trouble and it will come straight through to the centre, which is staffed 24 hours a day, every day.

"This system is ideal for students who are away from home, or lone workers," says Brenda Jackson, Manager of Chichester Careline.

"It only costs £52 a year and involves the person having a log in and pin number that they can use on their mobile phone. It just provides that extra reassurance to people that if they are out on a dark night by themselves, that there is always someone looking out for them who knows where they are."

Chichester Careline is run by Chichester District Council and operates 24 hours a day, everyday of the year. It offers a variety of solutions that help people to live safely and independently. All of its solutions link to its control centre, so that if someone is in trouble they can receive help and assistance, whether its day or night.