Specsavers in Northallerton has become a dedicated and recognised ‘safe place’ within the town, as part of the North Yorkshire Safe Places scheme.
The scheme is an initiative run by North Yorkshire County Council in partnership with North Yorkshire Police, and other statutory and voluntary sector organisations, in order to provide safe spaces for those who might need a little more help and support out in the community.
Support for local community
The scheme is aimed at providing immediate support for the elderly, mentally or physically disabled, and vulnerable people in the community, ensuring they have a haven whereby they can seek assistance and find comfort if needed.
Dedicated safe places will display specialist signs in an easily visible place, and those who are registered to the scheme will carry cards or wear wristbands highlighting their needs and emergency contact details.
Once at the safe place, the safe place will be able to contact a central contact centre who will then send a responder to the site.
A word from the store director
Ruth Sinclair, store director at Specsavers in Northallerton, says: ‘We’re very proud to now be a dedicated safe space within the Northallerton community.
'We’ll always welcome those who feel they need help whilst they’re out and about, and we’ll make sure we provide whatever assistance we can.’
For more information on the North Yorkshire Safe Place scheme, please click here