Safe Places Shropshire Launch

Start Date:
4th July 2013

End Date:
4th July 2013

Start Time:
5:00 pm

End Time:
6:00 pm

Safe Places PosterEvent title: Safe Places Shropshire Launch
Start date: 04/07/2013
End date: 04/07/2013
Start time: 5 pm
End time: 6 pm
Venue: The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HR
Event description: For a few months now we have been meeting together with West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council with Mencap, Taking Part, Oswestry and Shropshire Citizen Advocacy to look at launching Safe Shropshire. We will launch this on 4th July. The idea is a community led initiative supported by West Mercia Police, Mencap, Shropshire Council, Taking Part, OSCA Citizen Advocacy, Shropshire Disability Network, Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly. ‘Safe Places’ are a short term safe place for vulnerable people who feel threatened. It works like this Shops businesses and public buildings sign up to the project. Staff are briefed in what to do if someone needs help. The premises that sign up are provided with a sticker symbol that goes in a visible place in the window. The scheme is supported by West Mercia Police. Local Police Community Support Officers are aware of where local Safe Places are. People using the ‘Safe Places’ Project are given a card by the organisations involved which has the same Safe Places symbol as the window sticker. They add details of people to contact if help is needed. If the person feels threatened or has a crime committed against them while they are out in the community they can come into any ‘Safe Places’ premises to ask for support. If someone goes into a Safe Place and shows you a Safe Places card Staff will know what to do: You will be offered support by those places assessed as suitable to be a Safe Place and who have agreed to Offer support, for example: somewhere to sit and calm down; help to phone a family member to come and pick them up or help to phone the police non-emergency number 101 to report concerns or seek advice. In an emergency call 999 to speak to the police All the people using the service will have relevant phone numbers with them. Shropshire Disability Network is a reporting centre as people can email us their concerns as sometimes it will be an after event. We will also issue Safe Place Cards The Launch is for the Town of Shrewsbury and Church Stretton initially but it is hoped as the scheme gets under way to include other areas until the whole county is covered.

Name: Kal Parkash
Contact email: kal.parkash@shropshire.gov.uk
Contact number: 01743 252056

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