York Safe Place Scheme Steering Group


The steering group will:

  • develop resources for the York Safe Place Scheme, including information and training
  • recruit a limited number of venues to become Safe Places
  • make recommendations to the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police:
    • key features of the York Safe Place Scheme
    • what support is required to maintain the Scheme
    • monitoring the Scheme.


Marije Davidson, Chair
June Peacock, City of York Council, Community Facilitator
Amanda Cooper and Fiona Andrews, British Transport Police
Andrew Godfrey, North Yorkshire Police
Anne Parkinson, Wilberforce Trust
Becca Cooper, York People First
Cllr Christina Funnell, Tang Hall Community Centre
Dave McCormick, City of York Council, Special Educational Needs Children’s Services
Dawn Potter, York Parent Carer Forum
Emma Harris, Clarence Gardens Association – The Hut
Lauren Dent McShane and Peta Hatton, City of York Council, York Independent Living and Travel Skills (YILTS )
Martyn Weller, Federation of Small Businesses
Pleuni de Jong, Brunswick Social Club
Stephen Lee Hodgkins, York Independent Living Network

Summary of the first meeting on 12 May 2016

Shared Values

  • We want York to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive place of everyone who lives, studies, works in York, or visits York.
  • All disabled people should be free to go out and about, with confidence. The Scheme will help disabled people feel safe and be independent.
  • We recognise that disabled people are diverse. They have different lifestyles and interests. Some disabled people have visible impairments and others do not.
  • The York Safe Place Scheme will contribute towards stronger communities. It will boost trade and generate tourism as people from across the country recognise the Scheme and it makes the City of York more attractive.
  • The work of the steering group will be community-led and underpinned by accessibility.
  • Working together helps to make a bigger impact.
  • We will look at other schemes and learn from their features and experiences.

What does a York Safe Place Scheme look like?

  • It must be simple.
  • It should be for all disabled people, regardless of their impairment or health condition.
  • It must have lots of different venues that are open at different times throughout day and night.
  • It must be easy for people to find out about the Scheme and understand how it works.
  • There should be awareness raising and guidance for venues and other stakeholders (e.g. police officers and other uniformed services, neighbourhood wardens, public services staff).
  • The resources for venues and individuals must be free.
  • People should be able to use existing cards, but a ‘Safe Place Scheme’ card would be a good idea.
  • Many venues that are not in the Scheme will still have staff who are friendly and helpful. Disabled people should always have a choice whether to go into a Safe Place venue or into another venue.
  • There must be a way of evaluating the Scheme.

Summary of the second meeting on 14 July 2016

Key features of a Safe Place venue

Following feedback, the key features of Safe Place venues were agreed:

  • Open to the public
  • Staffed at all times, when open
  • Staff and volunteers to be aware of the Scheme and to understand their role.
  • Displays the ‘Safe Place’ logo in a visible place.
  • Keep a simple log of assistance given

These are the minimum criteria. Venues who are interested in participating may need to consider other factors, e.g. is a member of staff usually available if you need one (some places are very busy with queues by the check-out); is the venue easily accessible.

The first phase of the Scheme should have a small number of venues to trial the scheme, with expansion in the future. We would like these venues to be different and spread out over the city rather than clustered together.The key is to keep the Scheme manageable.

Awareness raising and guidance

  • An information leaflet to be used for general promotion.This needs to be in different formats so that it is accessible for a wide range of disabled people.
  • A standard presentation, one for venues and one for members of the public.
  • A resource pack, one for venues and one for disabled people. This will include general information as well as specific materials, e.g. for venues a ‘what-to-do’ list and a template for keeping a log; for disabled people a Safe Space card.
  • A YouTube video once the Scheme has been operational for a few months.
  • A webpage for up-to-date information and downloadable resources.
  • We need to be mindful of ways to reach out to disabled people who are more isolated or who do not self-identify as disabled, also to visitors to the City of York.

Operating Models

The steering group will consider how the Scheme could operate.

  • Who runs the Scheme?
  • Which organisations are involved, and within those organisations who have responsibilities? What are their responsibilities? How do they work together?
  • Who provides the ‘training’ (awareness raising for venues)?
  • Where is the Scheme based?
  • Who funds the scheme (mainly design and printing)
  • Who monitors and how is it being done?

Future meeting dates: Thursday 8 September, Thursday 6 October

  • Develop information leaflet, resource packs and presentations for feedback
  • Agree recommendations for operating models and communications

The engagement event is on:

Day: Thursday 22 September

Time: 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: West Offices, George Hudson Room

Address: Station Rise, York YO1 6GA

Everyone is welcome.  We will send information about how to register nearer the time.

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