WIT Students’ Union (WITSU) is delighted to announce its partnership with BigRedButton.com to ensure students can always get immediate help whenever they are concerned about their personal safety.
WITSU has followed up on its recent partnership with Waterford City’s Rapid Cabs and their “Get home safe” taxi campaign by teaming up with BigRedButton.com to ensure students can receive immediate help and support whenever they are concerned about their personal safety. BigRedButton.com is 24/7 personal safety support accessed via an app on your phone.
The app is easy to download, simple to use and the trained support team, who are just one click away, are available day and night. Once the app has been downloaded, users can register their details and create a personalised list of support contacts, be that Mum or Dad, a partner, friend, or even a work colleague. When you press the Button within the app, it immediately makes a call and sends your location to the BigRedButton support team. They will know who you are, where you are and how best to support you and more importantly, they will always answer so you are never alone.
Simply having someone on the line may be all a person requires but the team can coordinate extra support by conferencing in any of your contacts to your call. The advantage is you only ever have to make one call to BigRedButton to get all the help you need. The BigRedButton team can pinpoint your location using GPS and will maintain constant, two-way communication until you decide you are no longer at risk. If it is an emergency, BigRedButton can conference in 999 and help confirm your location.
The idea for the service came about after an emergency call from his son led Paul Price to develop BigRedButton. “If you have ever felt uneasy going to or from the college, maybe out running, or simply coming home from a night out with friends, then the BigRedButton team can be your best friend in that situation” Price says. “You may not want to wake up family or worry them but you do want to know that someone is always there ready and waiting to help if you decide you need it. BigRedButton gives you that reassurance and we know it will provide a great comfort to those who would like the option of having access to immediate support.”
A one-year subscription to BigRedButton costs €9.99, with calls to the service costing €1.75 per minute. According to Price “people only expect to make one or two calls a year so the service is a very affordable way for everyone to improve their personal safety.” All charges are billed to a user’s credit card, making it practical for those who may not always have credit on their phones.
WITSU Welfare Officer, Michael Murphy, is delighted that this option is available to WIT Students. “Personal safety is of upmost importance to WITSU and we will continue to thrive towards an ever growing safe and diverse comminity” Michael explains. “BigRedButton personally gives me a sense of comfort that our students know they are never alone if in need of help.”
The BigRedButton app is currently available for iPhone and will be available for Android soon.