A recent meeting of the Safe Places Group in Salisbury was able to report real progress. Safe Places is this scheme that ensures that anyone feeling vulnerable out and about in the City will know that local shops and organisations, identified by a Safe Places sticker, will offer a helping hand.
- 20 new businesses in Salisbury have signed up to the scheme over the last 3 months. Richard Sanders, the Ranger with the Salisbury BID (Business Improvement District) was able to report that the stickers were very visible in the windows of business all over town.
- The Police Commissioner is funding a new Wiltshire Alert card, a credit card style card that gives the details of the person to contact in case of emergency. This new County wide scheme is to have a County launch in Salisbury in the near future.
- A member of the Safe Places Group, himself someone with dementia, has been involved with a local supermarket in developing a card to be displayed on a till reminding staff of the scheme, the store’s commitment to supporting vulnerable people, and of the small practical things they can do to help.
- Salisbury Rotary are providing a new Safe Places Award to be made at next year’s Business Awards event, recognising the business that has best demonstrated their commitment to Safe Places in Salisbury.
Safe Places began in Wiltshire in Salisbury and Devizes 4 years ago. With the help of funding from Police Commissioner Angus McPherson it has now been rolled out to more than 15 communities across the County. The Safe Places Salisbury Group has taken on the lead role for the County of developing and maintaining the scheme, working locally in partnership with Police, Salisbury Bid, Alzheimers, Mencap, SWAN Advocacy and the Salisbury Independent Self Advocacy Group.