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Making Wiltshire safer for everyone

Making Wiltshire safer for everyone

A new scheme to help vulnerable people across Wiltshire to feel safer when out and about in the community was launched in Salisbury on Friday 26th February with special guest Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson who was at City Hall in Salisbury to welcome the introduction of a new ICE (In Case of Emergency) Card that is to be widely distributed via Libraries, Doctor’s surgeries and voluntary groups that support vulnerable people.  It is believed to be the first County wide scheme of its kind nationally. The credit card style card allows people to write in their name and the name and phone number to be called if they find themselves in any distress. There is space too for them to put any condition they might have – such as dementia, asthma, autism, hearing impairment – if they wish. The cards fit neatly into a wallet or purse alongside other cards.
The scheme is being introduced by the Wiltshire Safe Places Scheme that already works with businesses and others to provide public places where anyone in distress can go for simple support if in distress when out in the community. The Safe Places logo can be spotted at the entrance to many businesses around Salisbury. “This new card is an important step in ensuring that everyone  feels safe when out and can get very simple help, such as a phone call to a carer,  if they get a bit confused or upset” said Teresa Wells, CEO of Swan Advocacy and chair of the Salisbury Safe Places Group. “We have been working closely with Salisbury BID, the police, Alzheimers Society, Mencap and many other groups that support vulnerable people, and we are thrilled that the Police Commissioner has supported this initiative We believe it is the first County wide scheme of its kind in the country.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said “I was happy to help with the cost of launching the ICE cards in Wiltshire. For many vulnerable people carrying an ICE card gives them the confidence to venture out in public places.  Through my Innovation Fund I have been pleased to support initiatives that promote inclusivity and accessibility like the Safe Places project.”


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