The Safe Places Scheme is a scheme to provide safe places in the community where vulnerable people can go if they get into trouble or feel unsafe, frightened or bullied. 9 out of 10 people with learning disabilities have experienced a hate incident over the last year; this affects their ability to access businesses and services, (e.g. shops and Sports Centres) in the community and lead a full life.
How does the Safe Places scheme work?
A vulnerable person (such as a learning disability) carries a Safe Places Help Card with their name and emergency contact details. Public premises (like shops, libraries, police stations, pubs) sign up to be officially known as a 'Safe Place' for vulnerable people. If a person needs help when they are in the community, they can show their Help card to a member of staff in a Safe Place. Someone will then call their emergency contact or the Police, depending on what the problem is.
Contact Smile! Stop Hate Crime on 0115 956 1130 to get a Help Card.
The scheme is supported by Nottinghamshire Police, Notts Fire & Rescue Service, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Councils.
Where are Safe Places located in Nottinghamshire?
There are currently 12 libraries in the County of Nottinghamshire that are Safe Places:
- West Bridgford
Smile! Stop Hate Crime Co-ordinator
Tel: 0115 9561130
c/o Newark Mind
56 London Rd
Smile! Stop Hate Crime (SSHC) is a partnership project between Nottingham Mencap, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.