Ripley Specsavers has become the 100th member of the Derbyshire Safe Place Scheme, set up by Derbyshire County Council to help adults with learning difficulties feel safe and more confident when out and about.

The store joins a range of other businesses including shops and cafes who display a Safe Place sticker in the window identifying their premises as temporary safe environments where adults with learning difficulties can go if they find themselves in difficulty, feel scared, unwell or are lost.

The Safe Place Scheme is part of the County Council’s Hate Crime and Keeping Safe Project supported by Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Learning Disability Partnership Board and MacIntyre, a national charity which works alongside adults with learning disabilities.

‘We’re delighted to be part of the Safe Place Scheme and hope it helps people feel safer when they’re out in the town. Our team have been trained and are ready to provide support to anybody that comes in asking for help,’ said Verity Pullman, manager at Specsavers in Ripley.

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