Developing a York Safe Place Scheme

York Safe Place Scheme: Report of the public event

The public event was attended by 46 people, either representing public and voluntary sector organisations or as individuals. We are grateful for the contributions at the meeting as well as afterwards by email and online. These will inform the steering group’s recommendations to the Council and the Police about the York Safe Place Scheme.

Read the report: here

York Safe Place Scheme – Public Event held  on 22 September

Thank you to everyone who came to the public event, we are delighted that the discussions were so lively and that we now have so many ideas to work with.
Please see below the presentations used at the event to help discussion.

York Independent Living Network is working with the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police to establish a Safe Place Scheme in York.

A community-led steering group has been set up to develop resources and recruit a limited number of venues to become Safe Places. The steering group will also make recommendations to the Council and the Police about the implementation of the Scheme after the launch. You can read more about the steering group, including a summary of the meetings here: Steering group page.

We will have a consultation event on Thursday 22 September 2016 from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Details of how to register will be on this website nearer the time.

The aim is to launch the Safe Place Scheme by the end of the year.

What is a Safe Place Scheme

A Safe Place Scheme is a voluntary scheme that provides safe and supportive places, displaying a ‘Safe Place’ logo, which are open to the general public, such as shops, libraries and customer services. These act as ‘go to’ places should a disabled person experience difficulties. Safe Place Schemes help disabled people feel confident and safe, and enhance their independence.

Safe Space Scheme WidgitThe Safe Place Scheme uses the nationally recognised Widgit logo which means that safe places can be identified all over the country. Venues taking part will display the symbol on a sticker normally found somewhere highly visible like a front window or door.

If a disabled person is having difficulty, feels lost or frightened, then they can go to a Safe Place. Staff in the Safe Place will help the individual by contacting a nominated person or helpline and creating a temporary safe space. Many Safe Place Schemes provide a ‘Safe Place Card’ with contact details. This card is usually not a requirement to get assistance in a Safe Place, and people do not have to show proof that they are a disabled person, thus making the Scheme accessible to a wide range of people.

Find out more about other Safe Place Schemes, including videos, on the Widgit website:


We welcome your comments and suggestions. Or if you would like more information about the York Safe Place Scheme, or you are interested in becoming a Safe Place, please send an email to Shelley Scaife, YILN administrator, at

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