Council and partners supporting vulnerable people (25 Feb 2015)

Wakefield Council is launching a new scheme to create 'safe havens' to help vulnerable people in the district.

The Safer Places Scheme is aimed at vulnerable people with learning disabilities, autism and dementia. It will mean people will be able to get help and support from staff within Safer Places, when they are out on their own. Members of the Safer Places Scheme will carry a Safer Places Card with contact details of people who can be contacted when in difficulty.

Safe havens will include shops and businesses across the Wakefield district such as bus stations, libraries, GP surgeries, pharmacies and some private businesses.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "I pledged to do all I can to support safe place schemes and was pleased to help fund this project with a grant from my Safer Communities Fund.

"I have met with stakeholders and service users and it is clear that safe places are considered to be very valuable in building people's confidence, quality of life and importantly in helping them to feel safe."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: "We want to give people the confidence to get around and to stay independent.

"But if they are lost, feel unwell, or have been a victim of crime the safer places initiative will help to find a place of safety nearby with people who will be able to help."

Organisations including West Yorkshire Police, the NHS, and bus operator Arriva have already signed up to the scheme and will display the Safe Places logo on their doors and windows.

For more information, including details on how to apply for a card or to join the scheme, please contact 0345 8 503 503 or visit

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