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Council 'Safe Places' scheme launched for vulnerable people
A SCHEME to give vulnerable people a safe haven to head for if they feel unsafe in the community has been launched.
‘Safe Places’ has been successfully started in Gerrards Cross after 11 businesses, including Sainsbury’s, Boots and M&S, signed up for the council-led initiative.
Participating businesses display a Safe Places sticker in the window or door so users of the service can seek help if needed.
Users will be able to make a phone call or remain on the premises until a family member or carer arrives.
South Bucks District Councillor Anita Cranmer, Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “The Safe Places scheme is a fantastic way to aid vulnerable people in their community, giving them a chance to live more actively and independently.
“By being part of the initiative, businesses will be providing reassurance and peace of mind to users of the service and their carers which will instil confidence and independence.”
Residents can pick up a card from the council offices in Denham, with their name and the contact number of a relative or carer.
If the cardholder feels vulnerable whilst out they can present it in any of the businesses displaying the Safe Places sticker, and they can call the contact on the card.
Lucy Price from Thames Valley Police said: “In my experience vulnerable people can occasionally find themselves confused and disoriented when out alone and this is dangerous for them and for others.
“This scheme makes being out alone safer for them with help available if needed.
“This scheme aims to provide reassurance to users of the service, as well as their families and carers, that they have a means to alert someone of any potential risk or emergency if they are out alone.”
To find out more about the scheme, contact SBDC’s Community Safety team on 01895 837220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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