Posted on 2nd July 2014
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa presents a cheque to the Derbyshire Safe Place scheme
A scheme which is designed to give people with learning disabilities somewhere safe to go if they feel scared or threatened when out and about has been launched as a pilot scheme in Buxton.
A/Sergeant Russ Barlow, PCSO Linda Cook and Head of Operations, Sean Dawson attended the official Safe Place scheme launch at The Dome in Buxton on Friday, June 27.
The Derbyshire Safe Place scheme is run by Derbyshire County Council and is supported by Derbyshire Constabulary, the MacIntyre charity and the Derbyshire Learning Disability Partnership Board.
The initiative aims to help people with learning disabilities feel safe and confident when out in the community by identifying places where they can go if they feel unwell, confused or threatened.
As part of the Safe Places scheme, people with learning disabilities are being asked to carry a Keep Safe card with their name and emergency contact details on. They can then give the Keep Safe card to a Safe Places staff member and ask for help or for a family member or friend to be contacted.
PCSO Linda Cook from the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It has been a great opportunity for us to work alongside the students and partnership agencies from the early stages of speaking to retailers about the scheme to being at the official launch in Buxton.
“It is another important step along the way to making our more vulnerable members of society feel more confident and included, and for Buxton to be included from the start of the process shows how we are a valued and supportive community.”
Buxton and Leek College student Sam Jackson, 22, is a Keeping Safe Champion and his role is to speak to people about the scheme.
Sam said: “Safe Places is a very good scheme and it gives me confidence when I’m out on my own. If anything happens I will know where to go for help and it also stops my mum from worrying about me when I’m out and about.
“I have been visiting and talking to businesses and they have been very interested in the scheme and want to sign up.
“The more places that sign up to be Safe Places, the better it is.”
For more information about the scheme or to speak to the team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.