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 was launched on Thursday 4th July 2013 at the Guildhall Shrewsbury.
We were honoured to have Chief Inspector Paul Moxely opening the event. He spoke about the scheme, telling us not only how important and helpful it is but also how successful it had been in Worcester and other towns. He thanked all those who had already signed up and asked that others come forward as we extend the scheme throughout the whole county of Shropshire. Paul paid tribute to those who had made the Launch possible by naming the organisations listed above.
Councillor Mike Owen also spoke of his support, saying it is an important community initiative and he was delighted to come along, meet those behind it and talk with people Safe Places who had signed up already.
It was a very successful evening and all organisers are delighted with the enquiries people have made about becoming a Safe Place since 4th July. Soon we will be sending out our first newsletter, keeping you update on how it is all progressing. Please ask if you would like more information about Safe Places.
So what is this really all about and how can you help by becoming a Safe Place and/or promoting this among your colleagues, family and friends.
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What are Safe Places?
‘Safe Places’ are a short term safe place for vulnerable people who feel threatened.
How do they work?
- Shops businesses and public buildings sign up to the project.
- Staff are briefed in what to do if someone needs help (see below).
- 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.
What to do if someone comes in to your premises and shows you a Safe Places card:
- 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
Thank you for all who are supporting Safe Places, we hope you will be able to help to make our towns a Safer Places for all people to shop and enjoy themselves.
For further information about disability issues, Hate Crime or the Safe Places Scheme please contact:
Taking Part Shropshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
We Won’t Tolerate it: email@example.com