Care4all in partnership with Humberside Police launched the Safe Place Scheme in November 2015 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. The scheme involves local shops and businesses becoming safe places for individuals who may feel vulnerable or afraid when they are out and about.
Those who have joined the scheme will display a large sticker in their premises, stating that they are a safe place venue and staff will have had training upon what to do, if someone needs their support.
The national Safe Place scheme has been designed to help vulnerable people, including those with dementia or a learning disability, who can become lost and confused or can easily become targets for harassment or bullying. Anyone can join the free scheme and once they have joined they will be given a personalised card with their details and who to contact if they need support. The card will also have police contact numbers for emergency and non-emergency situations.
Our scheme co-ordinator Jo Avery, has been working tirelessly to engage both businesses and the local community to partake in the scheme. Jo visits many organisations to inform them about the Safe Place Scheme including:
- Health Centres
- Freshney Place
- Women’s Aid
- Libraries and Community Centres
As well as visiting organisations direct, Jo has also been promoting the scheme at local community events, the latest being the Neighbourhood Watch Area Network meeting.