Apply for keep safe card as scheme celebrates 10th birthday

Published on: Wednesday, 24th July 2019

A scheme run by Derbyshire County Council which aims to keep people safe when out and about is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The Safe Place scheme gives people somewhere safe to go if they’re out in the community and feel threatened, anxious or unwell.  Since it launched, more than 220 businesses, organisations and community spaces around the county have signed up.

Around 1,500 people are carrying a Keep Safe card in Derbyshire – helping them feel more confident in their communities and retain their independence for as long as possible.  The Keep Safe card contains all of their information, including emergency contact details, so that staff at Safe Places can help them or call someone to help.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby said: “It’s brilliant to see more and more community-minded places opening up their doors and agreeing to sign up to be a Safe Place.  The fact that the scheme has not only lasted so long, but has thrived and grown so much is testament to how highly it’s regarded in the community.

“I’m delighted to be able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Safe Places and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the project.”

First launched in 2009, the scheme was originally developed exclusively to help adults with a learning disability feel safer and more comfortable while away from home.

Since then, Safe Places has come on leaps and bounds – extending the support it offers to anyone who feels like they might need help or advice when out in the community.  Any building can be used as a Safe Place – including shops, libraries, GP surgeries, pharmacies and other public buildings.

In the last 12 months alone, more than 55 businesses and organisations have signed up. 

The council’s Safe Places team have also secured an agreement with all Citizen Advice Bureaus (CABs) in Derbyshire – meaning all CAB locations in the county are now recognised Safe Places.

They have also gone out of their way to make sure that each of the eight districts and boroughs in the county has a healthy number of Safe Places, so more people can benefit.

Safe Places is part of the county council’s Hate Crime, Staying Safe project – run in partnership with national learning disability charity, MacIntyre and Derbyshire police.

Erewash Borough Safe Places

Borrowash

  • Borrowash Library - Victoria Avenue, Borrowash, DE72 3HE
  • Wathalls Funeral Directors - Nottingham Road, Borrowash, Derbyshire, DE72 3JU

Ilkeston

  • Arena Hope Shop - 22, Market Place, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5QA
  • Citizens Advice Ilkeston - Casteldine House, Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8ER
  • Cotmanhay People's Centre - Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8RR
  • Gladstone House Surgery - Gladstone House Surgery, Gladstone Street West, Ilkeston, DE7 5QS
  • Ilkeston Library - Market Place, Ilkeston, DE7 5RN
  • P3 Charity - 98, Bath Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8FE
  • Touchwood Drop-in Centre - 4 , Charlotte Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8LH

Long Eaton

  • Job Centre Plus - Job Centre Plus, Fletcher Street, Long Eaton, NG10 1JU
  • Long Eaton Health Centre - Midland Street, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, NG10 1RY
  • Long Eaton Library - Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, NG10 1JG
  • Loughborough Building Society - Market Place, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 1JL
  • Specsavers Long Eaton - 4-6, High Street, Long Eaton, NG10 1LN
  • The Petersham Centre - 56-60, Petersham Road, Long Eaton, NG10 4DD
  • Tobi Pictures and Framing - 15, Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 1JE

Sandiacre

To find out more about the scheme, sign up for a Keep Safe card or sign up to become a Safe Place go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/SafePlaces

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