More to benefit as 'Safe Place' scheme extends service

Published on: Friday, 4th May 2018

More people can feel secure when they go out and about thanks to a Derbyshire County Council scheme extending its service.

The council’s Safe Place scheme gives people somewhere to go if they are out in the community and feel anxious, threatened, lost or unwell.  Previously, it was only available to people with a learning disability who were over the age of 18. 

Now the successful project has been extended to anyone who feels they may need help.  It includes lowering the age that someone with a learning disability can apply for a Keep Safe card from 18 to 16.

Anyone can sign up to the scheme by applying for the card which contains vital information like emergency contact details and any personal preferences of the person carrying it.  

Organisations that sign up to Safe Places agree to display a sticker prominently on their premises, letting people know that they can come in if they need help.

People can show their Keep Safe card at locations across Derbyshire which will prompt staff to either find them somewhere safe to wait, use the information on the card to call family, friends or support staff or to call the police or ambulance if it is an emergency.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Jean Wharmby said: “It’s always great to see a scheme as useful as Safe Places extending its service to allow more people to use it.

“It works so well because it gives people more confidence to venture out and not become isolated in their own home – which in turn means they retain some independence.

“We’re committed to ensuring that all residents feel safe and secure and want everyone to feel part of their local community.”  

Since its launch in 2009 the scheme has signed up more than 175 Safe Places across Derbyshire and around 750 people carry a Keep Safe card.

The scheme is part of the council’s Hate Crime and Staying Safe Project which is run in partnership with national learning disability charity, MacIntyre and Derbyshire police.

Residents who would like to find out more about the scheme, apply for a Keep Safe card and see all current Safe Places can visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/safeplaces

Organisations based in Derbyshire that would like to become a Safe Place can visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/becomeasafeplace for more information and to download an application pack.

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