A scheme designed to provide help and support to people who may feel vulnerable when they are out in their local community launched in Slough today (Monday).
The Safe Place scheme is a national initiative that was launched locally at The Curve by the Safer Slough Partnership.
The Safe Place scheme works by asking local businesses, who have signed up to the initiative, to place a Safe Place sticker in their window.
The sticker identifies a business as a place where vulnerable people can seek help should they feel uncomfortable or unsafe when out and about. This usually means making a telephone call on the person’s behalf; to the police, a parent, carer or support worker and providing a temporary safe haven until support arrives. It may be as simple as offering someone a place to sit and a glass of water.
By signing up to the scheme, businesses will be providing reassurance to both users of this service and their carers, enabling people to live independent lives with an increased sense of security in their community.
A vulnerable person includes someone who:
- is elderly
- has a physical disability, including visual or hearing impairment
- has a learning disability
- has a mental health condition
- has an illness or condition.
Participating businesses are offered free training for their staff which can be delivered at their premises, at a time that suits them.
Roger Parkin, chair of the Safer Slough Partnership, said: “The Safe Place scheme is an important tool that provides people who feel vulnerable in Slough with reassurance and support.
“Community safety is at the heart of our vibrant borough and we’re proud to support an initiative that gives the people with a learning or physical disability, illness or mental health condition, and the elderly a much needed temporary safe haven.
“We want all of our more vulnerable residents to be able to live independent, full and active lives, safe in the knowledge that help is on hand if they need it.”
The Safe Place scheme is supported by Slough Employ-Ability and Thames Valley Police.
Slough businesses are being invited to sign up to the scheme. If you would like to get involved, please contact Helen Buckland, risk and exploitation co-ordinator on 01753 690409 or email@example.com.
Further information about the national scheme can be found at: www.widgit.com/safeplacescheme.