Charity wields futuristic technology against an age-old problem
By eightwireify | Friday, January 10, 2014, 15:56
A new charity has turned to technology to
Photographed from left to right; CF Systems technical director, Darren Dixon, Skoodyha project manager, Sarah Leigh and Skoodhya chief executive, Sally Piper.
address the age-old problems associated with sexual violence and domestic abuse
in the community.
The charity, named Skoodhya after the
Cornish verb to assist, has installed a state-of-the-art "private cloud" system
that allows charity workers to operate remotely while keeping information safe
The private cloud will, its trustees say,
help it offer support to victims of violence and abuse with vigour and
As well as building public awareness of how
to deal with abuse, the charity offers vital support to victims of harmful
behaviour and educates the public to help reduce the likelihood of such harmful
behaviour in the future.
Supported by organisations, including the
NHS, the police and Cornwall Council, Skoodhya runs several related projects
including the SAFE Project that builds awareness in young people of abusive
relationships and ways to keep safe, the Willow Centre, Cornwall's sexual
assault referral centre, a support
service for men and women who have been sexually assaulted and a service to
support people who are called to attend inquests.
The charity's work requires its team of 24
core staff and additional volunteers to hot-desk and work efficiently together
regardless of where they are in the county.
To make this work the charity, which is
about to mark its first year in
operation, operates the private cloud which, as well as being secure, manages
document versioning as well as handling vital backing-up automatically. It
offers a high degree of security which is vital for an organization dealing
with sensitive client information relating to victims of what are the most
The system was installed by CF Systems of
Redruth who have become big supporters of the work of Skoodhya—even donating
some of the IT hardware in an effort to help.
Sally Piper, chief executive of Skoodhya,
said: "As someone who has worked in charities for some time I know that poor IT
infrastructure is capable of keeping a charity from performing its best and we
are not prepared to let that happen. We are very grateful for the support and
help of CF Systems.
"It's possible to waste precious time
finding workarounds to IT problems but I am a firm believer that there is no
substitute for setting up a robust infrastructure from the outset that will
allow us to take this charity into the future."
Tim Neasom, business development manager
for CF Systems, said: "Domestic abuse and sexual violence is clearly a serious issue and we've
been really impressed to see this charity with a vision of how technology can
work for them. Though a small gesture, we were pleased to have been able to
help by donating a small part of the system hardware—but the real win for us is
seeing this charity able to help people more effectively."
Sally added: "I think this is the way
charities should be going in the future and I would recommend to anyone running
a charity that they consider what IT infrastructure they think they need from
an early stage and find someone who can work with them to make it a solution."