The scheme is run by police support volunteers who work with staff in shops and with community groups to help them understand the Herbert Protocol, a national scheme which encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about a person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing.
Stickers have been placed in windows of shops, community centres and libraries to show they’re a ‘Safe Place’ to go for anyone feeling nervous or scared whilst out and about. They can then enter the premises and ask anyone inside for help. Members of the public who are deemed vulnerable have been given personalised cards as part of the scheme, with their details of who to contact should they need additional support.
This project is unique in that it has been lead, co-ordinated and maintained independently by a police support volunteer who is a valued member of the Community Safety Unit.
To date the volunteers have signed up 258 venues to participate in the safe place scheme and given 6,300 cards to vulnerable people.