York is to join over thirty Safe Place schemes operating nationally and will offer vulnerable visitors to the city centre a place to go if they are in need of support. The scheme, funded by York BID, will launch in York on Tuesday 7 August at 11am as part of the Learning Difficulties Forum at York CVS.

Safe Places are located in open and accessible public buildings, like information centres, cafes, shops and museums. They provide a welcoming, safe and supportive space if someone doesn’t feel safe or secure needs to ask for help while out and about in York.

Local people can sign up for a Safe Place card under the scheme. The card includes the details of someone they trust who can be contacted if they need help. If that person is lost, confused, unwell, or feels unsafe for any reason, they can look for the nationally recognised Safe Place logo and go inside for support during opening hours.

Elliot Sawyer, Operations Manager at the York BID said,

“We’re delighted to be working with York CVS to provide vital funding and create a Safe Place Scheme for the city centre.

The scheme sends out a strong message that disabled people are valued and that the local business community is committed to providing an environment where all customers and their families and friends can be safe and secure.

Working with businesses to create inclusive safe havens within the community will ensure that York is recognised nationally as a safe and welcoming place. By promoting the scheme through our Street Ranger programme, we hope to build business engagement and have 20 premises on board within a year.”


Any residents interested in signing up for a Safe Place card or businesses that would like to become a Safe Place are encouraged to attend the launch to find out more. To book your place or for more information contact safeplaces@yorkcvs.org.uk or phone 01904 621133 and ask for Anna Perrett, Safe Places York Coordinator.