The Safer Places scheme is part of a wider 'Respect me' campaign which aims to improve the experience of disabled people in the community.
Despite several recent well publicised cases, some disabled people are still victims of bullying and harassment when they go out. Often, this leaves them feeling very vulnerable and afraid.
A ‘Safer Place’ is an ordinary business or shop that has agreed to offer support if someone has a negative experience when out in their local community. A person can enter the premises and receive help in contacting a trusted person, or the Police if they have been the victim of a crime. The venue provides a safe place for the person to wait for their trusted person, or the Police, to arrive.
People are invited to complete a card which the shops recognise. It gives their name and the number of someone they trust who can be contacted. Locally you can get a card from the Police or by phoning 023 8083 4854.
This map shows all the Safer Places in Southampton and it is updated regularly.
The Safer Place scheme was launched by Southampton City Council in partnership with Hampshire County Council, Southampton Learning Disability Partnership Board and Hampshire Constabulary.
It is open to anyone who feels vulnerable when they are out in the city. There are other similar schemes operating around the country.