Safe places

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, (eg. 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
  • Beeston
  • Arnold
  • Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  • Bingham
  • Mansfield
  • Newark
  • Worksop
  • Retford
  • Hucknall
  • Southwell


Contact details:

Karen Aspley

Smile! Stop Hate Crime Co-ordinator

Tel: 0115 9561130


Nottingham Mencap

c/o Newark Mind

The Manse

56 London Rd



NG24 1TH

Smile! Stop Hate Crime (SSHC) is a partnership project between Nottingham Mencap, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

Last Updated on Monday, September 6, 2021