Safer and Supportive Communities Newsletter

June 2016 Edition – Supporting community safety with ideas for action

News from Safe Places

It was great to see the launch of Safe Places in Royal Wootton Bassett on 13th May 2016.

RWB Launch

See article in the Swindon Advertiser

Royal Wootton Bassett have launched the Safe Places scheme to help them become a more supportive community and to help with becoming a Dementia Friendly Community.

Safe Places is now present in Chippenham, Calne, Melksham, Trowbridge, Devizes, Ludgershall, Tidworth, Durrington, Amesbury, Warminister, Salisbury, Westbury and Malmesbury.

Pewsey Safe Places was launched on Thursday 19th May.

Pewsey 3

Coming soon is Highworth and other places are exploring the possibilities, soon Wiltshire will be fully covered. The scheme has always intended to be an ‘insurance policy’ to enable people to feel safer when out and about, whilst encouraging communities to take responsibility for helping each other and supporting the Neighbourhood Policing Team by reducing the need to calls to the 101 number.

You might be interested in how these Charities can help your work:


We now have a very enthusiastic development worker in Wiltshire who is keen to help local communities run campaigns, why not contact her to hear more.

Another Charity that might be of interest in your community is the Suzy Lamplugh Trust especially if you want to promote personal safety in your community. Suzy Lamplugh Trust have chosen the 5th October for their Personal Safety Day, which may be something groups want to incorporate into their plans.

Safe Place SignDevelopments across Wiltshire

Have you visited our Safe Places website?   Do help us populate it further by keeping us up-to-date with your projects.

Have you visited our Facebook Page and posted on it?

This is a quick way to keep promoting what is going on in your area.

Don’t forget if you need further help with your Safe Places initiative or you want to explore other initiatives, please contact your Wiltshire Mentor who will be pleased to help.

Till Cards are now available

Scannable Document on 9 May 2016, 21_26_42.pdfDesigned by volunteers in the Salisbury Safer and Supportive Communities working with the local Tescos, these cards are going to help remind all staff and new ones what a Safe Place is. We need to distribute them to our Safe Places and ask those enrolled to Blue Tack them to their tills as an instant reminder.

How is your I.C.E. Card Distribution going?

Lots of activities have been happening throughout Wiltshire to ensure the distribution of the ICE Card, the Chippenham Safer & Supportive Communities group gave out 250 cards in Emery Gate Shopping Centre as part of the Dementia Awareness Week on Friday 20th May.

Have you made sure all Care Homes near you have them? Lunch Clubs? How about making sure they can be given out at Doctor Surgeries or Libraries. Would it be a good idea to ask some of the Safe Places to have a few, as they may detect people that need them. Could PSCO’s and Fire Rescue Services help to distribute them.

Let’s Loop Calne & Salisbury

T Coil pictureThe Rotary Club of Calne and the Salisbury Safer and Supportive Communities are getting ready to launch the Let’s Loop initiative in partnership with Hearing LinkHearing Link

This team of volunteers, working together to act literally as the eyes and ears to check on the availability of hearing loops in the community, quality of signage and whether loops are working.

The monthly audits include shops, churches, libraries, stations, doctors surgeries, theatre and other public buildings – in fact anywhere there should be a hearing loop – our aim is to ensure that everyone who needs can hear while out and about, plus raise the awareness to have good hearing for all.

If your community is interested in this venture working together with other projects please visit:

Save the Date:- “Think Autism in Wiltshire”

“Focus on community safety and the criminal justice system”

29 November 2016 10.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: Devizes, Corn Exchange, Market Place Devizes Wiltshire, SN10 1HS

This half day autism friendly event put on by the Wiltshire Autism Partnership aims to raise awareness for professionals working within the criminal justice system and community safety services. This will include a performance with opportunities for discussion.

To register your interest/attendance and covered please respond to Jo Maplesden

A paper copy of newsletter can be downloaded just click: SAFER and SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES News June 2016