Organisations in Derbyshire are being urged by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa to join the Safe Place Scheme and help make the county safer for people with learning disabilities.
He made his plea after attending a local launch of the scheme at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton on Friday (27 June). He said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working to help vulnerable people seek sanctuary in places designated as safe by Derbyshire Police and Trading Standards.”
The Buxton launch was supported by Derbyshire Police, the Community Safety Partnership for High Peak, students from Buxton and Leek College, the Derbyshire Learning Disability Partnership and the national charity MacIntyre.
Staff from organisations and businesses in the High Peak area are now specially trained to offer support, and young people with learning disabilities have helped to set up the scheme. Mr Dhindsa commented: “I was particularly impressed by the students who have worked as Champions and encouraged new organisations such as Amber Trust to join the scheme.”
One Champion commented: “Being involved with the project has given me new opportunities.” Another was “now involved with more things than I thought previously possible. It is a good feeling helping others to keep safe.”
Since Derbyshire County Council launched the scheme in 2009 as part of its Hate Crime and Keeping Safe Project, all county libraries have been awarded Safe Place status. It is now being extended to other venues. For information on how to get a ‘keep safe’ card and how to become a Safe Place, go to: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/safeplace
Posted on Monday 30th June 2014