York Safe Place Scheme Steering Group

People sought to join a steering group to set up a Safe Place Scheme in York

York Independent Living Network, with support from the City of York Council, is setting up a Safe Place Scheme in York. We are looking for community groups/voluntary organisations to join our steering group.

What are Safe Places?

Safe Places help disabled people feel confident and safe whilst out and about. If they are having difficulty, feel lost or frightened, then they can go into a ‘Safe Place’. A Safe Place is a public space (e.g. a shop, a library, a café or a council service) that displays a ‘Safe Place’ sticker in the window. People in the Safe Place can help individuals make contact with a nominated person or helpline and create a temporary safe place.

For more information about Safe Place Schemes, please visit the Widgit website: http://www/widgit.com/safeplacescheme/

About the steering group

We have a limited number of places on the steering group for community groups/voluntary organisations.

You must commit to:

  • Attending all meetings
  • Consulting with your networks
  • Developing and promoting the Safe Place Scheme

We are keen to have at least the following groups represented: people with mental health issues, people with autism, people with learning disabilities and older people (e.g. people with dementia). That is because they are most likely to use the scheme. We are also looking for a young disabled person (17 – 25 years) to join the steering group.

The first meeting will be on Thursday 12 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, at the West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA.

There will be 3 – 4 meetings including an information/consultation event.

We aim to launch the York Safe Place Scheme by the end of the year 2016.

We will cover reasonable expenses if agreed in advance.

How to apply

If you are interested, please complete the form [Steering group Form] and return it to us:

Email: admin@yiln.org.uk

Post: YILN, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET

Deadline: Thursday 14 April 11:59pm

We will let you know by Thursday 21 April if you are selected for the steering group.

Other ways to get involved

If you cannot join the steering group, we would still love you to be involved! We would like to hear from disabled individuals, family carers, organisations working with disabled people. If you are an organisation/business who would like to find out more about offering a Safe Place, please get in touch.

We will let you know who is on the steering group, what is happening and how you can help shape the Safe Place Scheme in York.

Please send an email to admin@yiln.org.uk or text/leave a message at 07752 365 297. Please state that you are interested in the York Safe Place Scheme and include your name, organisation (if applicable) and email address.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or comments about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Marije Davidson, Facilitator, by email: admin@yiln.org.uk.

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