September 30th, 2016

Scheme to help vulnerable to be launched in Bromsgrove next month

Scheme to help vulnerable to be launched in Bromsgrove next month Scheme to help vulnerable to be launched in Bromsgrove next month
Updated: 4:28 pm, Mar 24, 2016

A PROJECT to help insecure and vulnerable people while they are out and about has made its way to Bromsgrove.

The Safe Place Scheme will be launched on April 8 at Starlight Community Centre in Charford and will give residents locations to go to when they need to take a moment or are seeking help.

Businesses in the town which sign up to the programme will display a sticker in their window and will have trained staff on hand to give support and reassurance.

Anyone can use these designated ‘Safe Places’ during open hours but the scheme is also encouraging members of the public to register with them and receive a special contact card which records details that may be needed.

Ken Hazeldene JP, chair of the North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership said: “When alone, a busy town centre or shopping area can feel daunting and if someone is feeling particularly vulnerable for whatever reason, these environments can feel totally overwhelming.

“This new scheme is excellent because it means people can take a break from the hustle and bustle, compose themselves and regain a feeling of security.”

Bromgrove is one of many areas to sign up to the project which is funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and has already been launched in Malvern, Redditch and Worcester.

Anyone wishing to attend the launch event should contact Safer Bromsgrove at saferbromsgrove@bromsgrove.gov.uk or visit www.ourway.org.uk to find local ‘Safe Places’.

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