'Safer Places' Scheme Launched In Norwich

12 June 2014, 12:20 | Updated: 12 June 2014, 12:23

A new scheme, which aims to give vulnerable and disabled people a place to go if they find themselves in need of help whilst out and about in the city, has been launched in Norwich.

Norfolk Safer Places is being run by the Norwich East local policing command, along with representatives from Norfolk County Council and charities Opening Doors, MIND, the Build Charity, NANSA and Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance. It is also supported by Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Temporary Chief Inspector Nathan Clark, who has helped launch the scheme, said: "This project aims to make Norwich a safer place to visit and supports some of the more vulnerable members of our community.

"Local businesses involved in the scheme will display a sticker in their window showing that they are a designated 'safer place' and that staff there will do all they can to offer help if required.

"Meanwhile, vulnerable or disabled people who have signed up to the scheme will receive a yellow card with their name and the telephone numbers of two nominated contacts, which could be a friend, relative or carer."

27 premises have so far agreed to be a 'safer place' in Norwich.

They are:

  • Boots, Riverside;

  • Nutfield Gym, Barrack Street;

  • Norwich Train Station;

  • Holiday Inn, Carrow Road;

  • Norwich City Football Club;

  • John Lewis;

  • Debenhams;

  • Norwich Bus Station;

  • Norwich Theatre Royal;

  • The Forum; Wilkinsons, St Stephens;

  • Marks & Spencer;

  • Kings Centre, Kings Street;

  • Maddermarket Theatre;

  • Cinema City;

  • Open, Bank Plain;

  • Maids Head Hotel;

  • Be Active, Magdalen Street;

  • Oak Street Medical Practice;

  • Premier In, Duke Street;

  • Strangers Café, Pottergate;

  • Broadland Housing;

  • Jarrolds;

  • All Saints Centre;

  • Roys, Magdalen Street;

  • QD, Anglia Square;

  • BHS.