Clare Evans MBE, Devizes Safeplaces contact. Arranged a meeting with as many other Safeplaces contacts as possible. So on 4th July 2018 all the Safe Places groups in Wiltshire met to discuss how to build a sustainable network and support each other to strengthen Safe Places in places where it doesn’t exist. Look out for notes of this meeting in a few weeks.’
Here are a few photo’s from the day…. If you want to find out further information about this scheme. Please contact us through our Facebook Page, Wiltshire Safe Places…
Safe Places National Network is here to unite all the Safe Place (and Keep Safe) schemes.
We do this by having all the information in one place so everyone can see it.
We are making special teaching materials so Safe Places can be taught about in schools.
We help make it easier to find and use a Safe Place not just when you need one but as a way of getting to knowpeople.
More information can be found at:
Below is a link to the National Safe PLaces Website. This has lots of useful information about Safe Places Schemes….
Safe Places is now able to move along with its programme with the help of Devizes Rotary president Cliff Evans and volunteer David Lamb. David has been able to systematically visit all the businesses originally registered and ensure they understand the role and importance of their position in the scheme. Although businesses were enthusiastic about the revival of the scheme he found all were very firm that their staff had no time for any formal training for the scheme, so we shall not be following this up.
The Church Cafe in Market Lavington has also registered as a Safe Place and there may be two other businesses there coming on board. David Lamb will also support them.
We are concerned that the scheme is not being used much by vulnerable people and children as intended. Now we have made sure the businesses have the necessary publicity stickers, we are moving our energy to publicising the scheme systematically to the groups where potential users may go.- schools, older people’s groups and those from vulnerable groups. Hopefully this will encourage group members to tell others, less likely to go out, about the Safe Places locations as well. We shall encourage the use of the monitoring form to build up a picture of how much we can increase use by this advertising.
There are 31 businesses registered as Safe Places locations in central Devizes, three in the east and west and one in Market Lavington.
Tuesday 19th July 2016 saw the launch of Highworth Safe Places Scheme, Ian Webb, Safe Places Local Coordinator (left), Angus Macpherson Police and Crime Commissioner (right) and the Mayor of Highworth said a a few words in support of this new initiative in the town. Members of the community joined in the celebrations with a cup of tea and a cake.
Chippenham launched the Wiltshire In Case of Emergency (ICE) Card on Friday 20th May, 2016 as part of National Dementia Awareness Week in Emery Gate Shopping Centre. It was really good that Angus Macpherson, the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner assisted Councillor Desna Allen Chair of Chippenham’s Safer and Supportive Communities to help make people aware of the Safe Places in Chippenham and how the card can help when needed.
Thursday 19th May, 2016 saw the launch of Safe Places in Pewsey
Thank you to everyone who attended the #WiltshireSafePlaces launch today with #PewseyValeDementiaAwarenessGroup. 3 more local businesses are interested in joining the network. Thanks to #PewseyNeighbourhoodPolicingTeam , #PewseyParishCouncil ,#PewseySparShop and #PewseyAreaBoard for their support.
We helped launch Safe Places in the town today – a national scheme which encourages businesses to provide support to people who may be upset, confused or vulnerable when out in the community.
Thank you to the wonderful local businesses taking part in this, including Awdry Bailey & Douglas, Boots, Dandelion, Jones Chemist, Lime Kiln Leisure, Haine & Smith, Tydemans, Maslins, Seasons Cafe, Post Office, Library, Town Council Offices, New Court & Tinkers Lane surgeries.
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Devizes Safe Places joined the Emergency Services for a publicity session at Devizes market on Thursday 31st March. Here are some photos showing the group preparing and advising the public of Safe Places role.
Come to the Market Place on Thursday March 31st from 10am to 12pm to visit the Devizes Safe Places stall based with the emergency services outside the Corn Exchange. A Safe Place is somewhere to go if anything goes wrong when you are out and about. A “Safe Place” is a venue with a Safe Places sticker “as above”, displayed in their window where staff will take time to listen to you, help you make a telephone call and provide you with somewhere to sit.
There are over thirty registered Safe Places locations in Devizes and we want to advise you of where they are and how to use them. Come and see the publicity about Safe Places and also pick up an ICE card. This is an alert card which gives information about you and your needs with who to contact in an emergency. The Safe Place locations will know how to use your ICE card to help you.
SEE YOU OUTSIDE THE CORN EXCHANGE ON THE 31ST MARCH 2016.
We also need two volunteers to help us one half day a month to visit and support the Safe Places locations.
For further information contact the coordinator Clare Evans, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Wiltshire CIL on 03001233442