Park Road Medical Practice has joined the growing network of Safe Places.
What is a Safe Place?
A Safe Place is a building such as a shop, a bank, a community centre or a church that displays the Safe Places logo on their window. Members of staff in these places have had training on how to help members of the Safe Place scheme.
Why do we need a Safe Place Scheme?
Everyone has the right to visit their local town centre or community buildings and to feel safe. For some people this may be more difficult due to problems with their physical or mental health which can leave them feeling lost or vulnerable while out and about.
People with disabilities are at increased risk of physical or verbal abuse or financial exploitation because they are seen as an easy target by potential perpetrators. Evidence has shown that this is more likely to happen when people are out in the community. The Safe Places scheme seeks to address this by providing a network of support for people who may need help.
How does the scheme work?
Members of the Safe Places scheme carry a card and/or a Safe Places key ring. These will have the contact numbers of two important people who are known to them and are people they can trust.
If the scheme member ever felt unsafe when they are in the community they would go to a location displaying the scheme logo in their window and show their card or key ring. A member of staff from the Safe Place would provide support to the vulnerable person by calling one of the contact numbers and explaining the problem. If the situation requires it the staff member may need to contact the Police.
Who is the scheme for?
The Safe Places scheme is aimed at any adult who may be vulnerable as a result of problems with their physical or mental health or because they have a learning disability. They may be experiencing dementia and have become disorientated whilst out in the community; they may have experienced some form of verbal or physical abuse whilst using public transport.
Further information can be obtained from Anthony Howe on (0191) 643 7057 firstname.lastname@example.org