A new tool that assists those exempt from wearing face coverings when challenged in public has been launched by the You ID Me emergency ID and alert service.
The 'Face Mask Exemption Splash' displays a special message on any device to confirm that a member is officially exempt from wearing a face mask / covering in public.
Company MD Lee Cunningham said "It helps diffuse uncomfortable situations where people are unfairly challenged - sometimes quite aggressively - for not wearing a face covering whilst they're out and about in public.
It works by quickly demonstrating to others that the person is officially exempt from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition. It's compatible with any mobile device - without the need for downloading an app, "
"The tool is free to use for our Platinum Plan members who can choose to leave the face mask exemption splash on permanently or use it only when they plan to venture out in public eg. for shopping trips or other outdoor pursuits.
A simple toggle switch is all it takes to switch the splash on or off; users just log in, choose their setting. Done."
Who can use You ID Me's face mask exemption tool?
HMRC have provided good guidance on the law around face covering exemption. In short if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability or where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress you can be exempted.
As a result many members with condition such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, anxiety as well as hidden disabilities carry one of our combined face mask exemption / medical ID cards. So our new tool can be greatly beneficial for them.
The new face mask exemption splash can be used now by You ID Me members on the Platinum Plan. A table comparing You ID Me service plans is here.
In this short video Lee reviews the You ID me sports ID bracelet for runners, cyclists and other lone sportsters...
You can find this product in our store here: - Sport ID Wristband for runners / cyclists
In this short video which came about by accident really, I explain why I wear one of our premium silicone emergency medical alert bracelets. - despite them only being £9.99 plus shipping.
I also explain how in a real life emergency situation how such a simple bracelet can give paramedics or first responders all the vital ID and information they need to be abe to treat me quickly and effectively - straight to ANY mobile device plus, how the system can alert my wife to let her know I have a problem.
But in addition to this, rather than just say "Hey wife, your husband has a problem..." the system has the capability of sharing the contact details of the first responder so that she in turn can contact them to get the very latest updates on what has happened, my condition, my whereabouts and what's happening next.
You ID Me is the only emergency medical ID and alert service that does this. We think you will agree that in an emergency this can change what happens next for the better.
Thanks for reading and watching the video and, if you fancy one of these silicone bands head on over to: -
Take care. Stay safe.
When a Platinum Plan emergency ID profile is accessed an emergency services number is presented 'behind' a speed dial button on the screen of the device being used to view the profile.
Historically it wasn't possible for users to amend this number.
Members are now able to update the "Emergency Services Number" field within their profile.
This can be useful for those living in other countries or those planning to travel abroad that wish to enter the local emergency services number for the country they are visiting.
How to change the Emergency Services Number in your profile
Disposable Face Masks and Sanitizers for You ID Me Members
People in England are being advised to wear face coverings for the first time in certain shops and on public transport.
We have sourced a supply of CE Certified disposable face masks which can be found in our Personal Protection store page along with hand sanitizing lotion and gel. We're aiming to increase the mask range from reputable manufacturers.
You'll need to enter your You ID Me number to be able to purchase any items so please have this handy.
Click here to be taken to the Ahead Solutions store page set up for You ID Me members.
We're pleased to announce that since last week, every order for a medical ID product from us also ships with a complimentary ID wallet card on which you can write your ID number.
Early feedback from a handful of members is that they love the little gesture.
It's no biggie really; it's just a simple and effective way of helping keep our members that little bit safer by allowing them a second form of emergency ID that they can pop in their wallet or purse and forget about.
If you'd like to get a free You ID Me ID number for yourself, a friend or colleague you can get our service free too. Just register here for your free ID and we'll send you one immediately.
We're excited to launch our limited edition contactless medical ID and alert card today.
With built in NFC chip, printed QR code and ID number, this 'Thank You NHS' limited edition medical ID card includes three quick and easy ways for first responders to see your profile on any connected device. Learn more about this limited edition offer.
There are two ways to get hold of your fully personalised 'Thank You NHS' medical ID card:
1) Get a Free Card
Get this beautiful card free when you upgrade your plan to Platinum with Alerts at £4.99 a month. We'll link your card to your existing profile and send your card totally free.
We'll donate £1 to NHS Charities Together (Reg charity number 1186569) for every month you remain on our Platinum with Alerts Plan. Learn more about this limited edition offer.
2) Or,,, Order and Pay for a Card
Order your limited edition card today and and pay just £19.99. If you're an existing customer we can link your card to your current profile or we can allocate a fresh ID number for new customers.
We'll donate £1 to NHS Charities Together (Reg charity number 1186569) for every card ordered. Learn more about this limited edition.
Our parent company Ahead Solutions UK has earmarked a stock of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer for You ID Me customers.
As people have raced buy these products, the shelves for hand sanitizer sprays and gels in many shops and stores across the UK have been left empty. Many who would really benefit from these products have had wasted journeys as they've traveled from store to store.
This product contains a substantially higher percentage of alcohol than cheaper, standard hand sanitizing gels found in supermarkets and pharmacies throughout the UK, which typically contain 60 - 70% alcohol.
You'll need to enter your You ID Me number to be able to buy this product so please have this handy.
Click here to be taken to the Ahead Solutions store page set up for You ID Me members only.
The You ID Me Help Centre has been updated to include many new articles covering common issues, questions and answers about using You ID Me.
This should hopefully be welcome as the busiest time of year approaches!
We've hopefully made the answers to questions clearer and more concise so you can access need to know information faster when getting started or when revisiting the system after a while away.
Popular questions now feature dynamically across the top of the Help Centre ... chances are one of these links might help you with your enquiry.
From locating or resetting your password to changing and upgrading service plans, the Help Centre is the home of You ID Me answers.
We've included a password reminder request form and made the facility to report a problem much quicker and easier.
So feel free to have a poke around, and let us know what you think below in the comments.
After more than a few people signed up to our Platinum with Alerts plan without first having purchased an ID product from us we've had a rethink and have decided, why not?
So we're making a few alterations to the You ID Me website which will enable existing and new customers to benefit from a free one off emergency ID product when they sign up to our Platinum with Alerts paid for by a a yearly direct debit payment and, they'll also get 33% off their subscription fee.
Subscribers that pay monthly will also benefit from a free emergency ID product every year - so technically they;ll never need to pay for an emergency ID product ever again!
Here are the pages to look at if you are interested in learning more about the offers.
Free emergency ID product on Platinum with Alerts - by annual direct debit
Free emergency ID product every year on Platinum with Alerts - by low monthly direct debit
We're a small team working extremely hard to ensure that carrying ID is secure, easy and affordable for our customers.