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. 19 Safe Places have been created in public buildings such as shops, cafes, libraries and museums under the scheme, which will continue until August 2020.
Safe Places offer a welcoming and supportive space to anyone over the age of 16 who feels confused, lost, unwell or scared while in the city. The scheme was funded by York BID to help boost the city’s reputation as a friendly, welcoming and accessible place for everyone. More than 30 Safe Place schemes operate in cities around the UK and the nationally-recognized logo and smart phone app help visitors make use of York’s Safe Places.
New venues are welcome to join the scheme, and are provided with resources to help those who may arrive feeling anxious or upset, including ‘Point-it Pictures’ in case they struggle to communicate – particularly important for York’s international visitors, where language may prove a barrier.
Anyone can sign up for a free Safe Place card. Individuals are encouraged to add the details of two people they want contacted by the Safe Place venue if they need help, and the scheme is also supported by York BID Rangers who can offer guidance and support. Details of how to sign up can be found at yorkcvs.org/safeplaces
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01904 621133
For more information go to the Safe Places Website