Press release regarding Safe Place Scheme from West Midlands Police:

YESTERDAY (3 May) saw the launch of a new scheme in Harborne and Northfield designed to help some of the most vulnerable members of the local community.

The idea of the Safe Place scheme is that disabled members of the community can, if they become distressed or are in trouble, enter a premises that displays the Safe Places logo knowing that the person there will be able to help them with making a phone call or offer a temporary safe place for them to seek help.

At the time of writing several shops and business have signed up to the scheme in Harborne and Northfield, all of which have promised to offer shelter and assistance to disabled residents who may need help.

Those taking part in the scheme are easily identifiable by displaying the Safe Place sticker in their windows. Full information packs have been designed so that shops and business’s fully understand how the scheme works and what they are expected to offer.

Any community members who would like to be part of the scheme only have to carry a Safe Place card that is available from the Partnerships Team at Bournville police station.

PC Hayley Sherry, from team, said: “We are committed to keeping our communities safe and improving the lives of local people. With this in mind we are launching the Safe Place scheme to try and make people with a disability feel safer within their community.

“So far, we have had a tremendously positive response from local businesses and I am very grateful for the support that they have shown to enable us to launch the scheme.

“At the moment it is only running in Harborne and Northfield, however, we may look to expand this across south Birmingham should it prove successful. So if anyone is interesting in taking part I would encourage them to get in touch for further details.”

If you would like any more details or to request a pack please contact the Birmingham South Partnerships Team on 0345 113 5000 or by emailing bs_partnership_team@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

 

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