A scheme which provides vulnerable or disabled people with somewhere to go if they find themselves in need of a helping hand while out and about has reached Norwich.
The Safer Places scheme launched in the city centre this week with 27 premises, including the City’s bus and train stations and Norwich City Football Club, signing up to be a ‘Safer Place’.
Norwich is the seventh location in the county to welcome the scheme, following Cromer, Dereham, Gorleston, Attleborough, Fakenham and King’s Lynn. The Scheme was initially introduced in Norfolk after members of the Disability Advisory Forum, which works with Norfolk’s PCC Stephen Bett and Norfolk Police to give a community perspective on policing and crime issues, said they felt vulnerable when out doing everyday things.
People who are vulnerable or have a disability sign-up to the scheme and receive a card on which they put their name along with the telephone numbers of two nominated contacts. The contacts could be a family member, friend or a carer.
If anyone signed-up to the scheme finds themselves in need of assistance, feels harassed, bullied, scared or lost, they can head to any of the nominated ‘Safer Places’ who will make a phonecall for them and give them somewhere to wait until help arrives.
Attending the launch event at Norwich’s Maid’s Head Hotel on Thursday, PCC Stephen Bett, who funds the scheme, said: “Safer Places is fantastic, empowering communities across the county to support people living in or visiting the area who may feel vulnerable while out and about.
I was delighted to launch Safer Places in Cromer – the first town to get behind the scheme – 18 months ago and have seen it go from strength to strength, rolling out across the county. Meeting with users of the scheme, I’ve heard first-hand how it is making them feel safer going about their daily lives, giving them confidence to get out in their local area.
I would like to thank everyone who has embraced the scheme in Norfolk and watch with interest where Safer Places goes next.”
Pictured: PCC Stephen Bett with T/Chief Inspector Nathan Clark of Norfolk Police and Maid’s Head Hotel’s Guest Relations Manager Rahul Sodhi