The 'Safe Places' Partnership
Tuesday 18 February 2014
Brandon Trust is involved in a new ‘Safe Places’ scheme which has launched across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and B&NES to help people with learning disabilities and autism feel safer when out and about.
Safe Places is being run by Avon and Somerset Police and is a replacement for an earlier, similar scheme called Safe Havens, which Brandon Trust was also involved in and proved a great success.
We are a Safe Places partner and it is the beginning of a national scheme that all the local police forces will eventually be involved in.
The scheme works by getting shops, businesses and public places to sign up to be a Safe Place. They would then publicly display a new logo which signifies they are a place offering help, reassurance or guidance to a vulnerable person, who may be lost or could have been bullied or harassed.
Our own Travel Buddy team helped launch the project at Bristol City Hall and will be helping spread the word about this initiative that everybody should be able to feel safe in the community, wherever they travel.
Brandon Trust project leader Jo Davidson explained: “We are very proud to be working in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police to promote the scheme to the people we support. As well as being signed up to use the scheme, the people we support will be asked when possible to give feedback about any good or bad experiences and what a difference this service has or may make to their lives.”