More locations are needed throughout Northumberland to provide a Safe Place for vulnerable people who may need a little extra help when they are out and about.
Safe Places is a national project which approves local High Street shops, cafes and community venues bus stations and similar areas to provide support where needed. An approved Safe Place will have completed training in how to help anyone feeling anxious, scared, or lost, and will show a sticker in the window with the Safe Places logo.
SpLinter group, based in Amble, has been working on signing up venues to provide a network in Northumberland, and already has several venues on board.
SpLinter is a user-led community group of young adults with learning differences. They run provide a range of social events and community projects and are actively seeking more venues. They have used their personal experience to create a unique training offer that is designed to improve understanding and promote personal safety in the community.
During the current Covid-19 lockdown it’s even more important that vulnerable people have somewhere to go to feel safe, and SpLinter are continuing their training remotely during this time. Local venues that are already on board include the Blyth Community Enterprise CentreResource Centre, Costa Coffee in Alnwick, and Newbiggin Maritime Centre.
Suitable places will be close to the town centre and/or transport hubs such as bus stations, with a quiet area where someone could sit for a while. They will also need to be prepared to complete the online training.
“Safe Places gave us peace of mind for both of us to know that help was there if needed or in the event of an emergency” Mark Beresford, Pegswood.