Help­ing keep peo­ple safe

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

Ben Ra­m­age

A new safe place scheme for dis­abled, vul­ner­a­ble and el­derly peo­ple in times of cri­sis has been launched in Dum­fries.

As part of an ini­tia­tive be­ing rolled out across Scot­land, the new space has been cre­ated at The Stove Net­work as a haven for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple if they feel lost, con­fused, scared, in danger, or have been the vic­tim of a crime.

The Stove’s Ni­cole Archibald said: “It is im­por­tant that all peo­ple feel safe in their com­mu­nity.

“By pro­vid­ing a place for any­one feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble or lost, we are cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who don’t nec­es­sar­ily feel con­fi­dent to come into the town cen­tre to do so, know­ing that they have some­where to turn to if they need sup­port.”

Train­ing is pro­vided to premises wish­ing to be a part of the scheme, with at least two mem­bers of staff re­quired to be work­ing at all times and a suit­able place for use within.

Rel­e­vant checks are car­ried out by Po­lice to en­sure all Keep Safe premises are suit­able.

Sergeant Graeme Stitt said: “Over the past few months we have been work­ing on get­ting premises signed up to the scheme and we cur­rently have 21 through­out Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

“This num­ber is in­creas­ing on a weekly ba­sis and we hope to have a good spread of premises by the end of the year.”

He added: “The scheme is de­signed to give vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple a safe place to go if they are out and about and they feel they need help.

“There are also Keep Safe cards avail­able and they con­tain emer­gency de­tails of the per­son.”

The scheme was orig­i­nally started in Ren­frew­shire in 2013 by the char­ity I Am Me and proved ex­tremely suc­cess­ful.

It was later adopted by Po­lice Scot­land and is now be­ing rolled out across the coun­try.

Twelve of the re­gion’s 21 des­ig­nated safe havens are in Dum­fries. The list in­cludes Bud­dies, Mon­aghans Jew­ellers, The Usual Place and Dum­fries and Gal­loway car­ers cen­tre.

All the sites are pub­li­cised on the free Keep Safe Scot­land app and the I Am Me Scot­land’s web­site.

Any shop or busi­ness in­ter­ested in be­com­ing part of the scheme should con­tact po­lice on the 101 num­ber for fur­ther de­tails.

Launch event Po­lice and sup­port­ers of the scheme at The Stove in Dum­fries

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