What is the Safe Places Scheme?
Safe Places schemes operate around the UK, and the scheme in York would offer people a place to go if they don’t feel safe or secure when visiting the city centre. It helps spread the message that York is a friendly and welcoming place for all.
What is a Safe Place?
Safe Places are public buildings in York, like libraries, cafes, shops and museums that are open to the public and accessible. They have agreed to display a sticker in their window to show they will provide a safe and supportive space if someone who is vulnerable needs to ask for help while out and about.
Where are the Safe Places in York?
We are currently recruiting venues here in York. If you would like to become a Safe Place venue, we’d love to here from you. Get in touch with us for an informal chat. Email: email@example.com or call Anna Perrett on 01904 621133.
View a list of registered Safe Places by clicking here.
Sign up for our mailing list for updates about Safe Places in York.
What are the benefits?
Improves confidence to travel to and around York
Supports people to feel safer in public
Welcoming all residents and tourists to the city
Peace of mind for those who are vulnerable
Who might want to use it?
The Safe Place scheme in York is open to anyone who feels vulnerable when out and about in York. People who think they might like to use Safe Places can apply for a Safe Place card. This lists the contact details of someone they trust so that they can get the support they need when they go to a Safe Place. Registration is simple, just click on the ‘Register for a Safe Place Card’ button below, or download and complete our easy-read version!
How does it work?
If someone is lost, unwell, confused, or has been a victim of a crime, they can look for the Safe Place logo, use the Safe Place app on their phone, or look at our map of locations and come in for support during opening hours. Members of the Safe Place scheme can choose to carry a card with their name and the details of someone they trust to contact if they need support.
Staff in registered Safe Places will listen and try to help. If the vulnerable person requires additional support, staff contact the trusted person listed on the back of their card (if carried) or the police, depending on the situation, to come and assist. They then wait with that person until their trusted contact arrives, or the situation is resolved.
How do I get involved?
If you think you would like to use Safe Places you can apply for a Safe Place card. This will include the contact details of someone you trust so that staff at a Safe Place can get in touch with them if you need help.
You can also use the North Yorkshire Police ‘We Care’ card in Safe Places. To find out more about We Care click on the link under ‘Additional Information’ below.
Could your venue be a Safe Place? We need a wide variety of businesses and organisations across the city to join our network of Safe Places. That way help is available nearby when people are out in their local community.
Staff in Safe Places will receive resources, information and awareness training, so they can help people who experience any difficulties.
Need more information?
For more information about the scheme get in touch with Anna Perrett, York’s Safe Place scheme coordinator:
T: 01904 621133
To find out more about the national Safe Places scheme visit https://www.safeplaces.org.uk/
To download the free to use Safe Places app for your phone visit the App Store or Google play.