A 'safe place' scheme for vulnerable people has been launched in Stockton (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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A 'safe place' scheme for vulnerable people has been launched in Stockton
A PLAN to create safe places for vulnerable people to find refuge on Teesside has been launched today, Wednesday, October 17.
The Safe Place Scheme involves using community venues, like shops, libraries or sports centres being nominated as a go-to venue for people who feel scared.
The scheme has been successful in other parts of the country, particularly for those with learning disabilities or the older generation.
Those venues designated as a safe place will display a sticker in their window and staff will be given training on what to do if someone visits to say they need help.
Not-for-profit organisation, Inclusion North, is working alongside the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner in Cleveland and Cleveland Fire Brigade to get organisations and the public on board and a launch event was held at The Arc, in Stockton, today.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It must be an extremely daunting prospect to be vulnerable, unaware of your surroundings and afraid. By showing the Safe Place stickers, people can be confident that help is very near should they need it.”“
Les Jones, Head of Community Safety at Cleveland Fire Brigade said, “This initiative will greatly benefit vulnerable people across our communities and we are delighted to be able to support this important initiative and offer our full-time Fire Stations as designated safe places.”
Anyone who wants more information on the Safe Place Scheme, or who wants to get involved is asked to call Scott Cunningham on 07767776125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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