Safe Place scheme launched in Great Malvern

A scheme which provides somewhere for vulnerable people to go if they are abused or harassed in public has been launched in Great Malvern.

The Safe Place scheme is aimed at giving the elderly, those with disabilities, illness, learning difficulties or who just feel in danger when out alone, a range of places they can go for help.

Locations are identified with a sticker and staff are trained to provide reassurance and help to contact the appropriate support. Safe Place cards, containing useful contact information which can be presented at a Safe Place, can also be carried by people.

Initially the scheme has been launched in Malvern Town Centre, Barnards Green and Malvern Link but the plan is to roll it out further across the district as more businesses and organisations come on board.

The scheme is already operating successfully in Kidderminster and Worcester City and is being rolled out across Worcestershire by Our Way Self Advocacy. North and South

Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership and West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore are also backing the project.

Cllr Phil Grove, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "Although Great Malvern is already a safe place to live, work and visit, the Safe Place scheme offers additional reassurance for those who may find themselves in need of help."

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