Posted on: Friday 18 January 2019
The Safe Places Organisation has received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to expand the Safe Places National Network across the UK.
Safe Places launched in Torfaen in 2017 and currently has 51 Safe Places across the borough which aim to help break down barriers and ensure communities are safer, friendly and more inclusive places for vulnerable people.
The funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity across the UK, will make membership more accessible for all districts across the country. By uniting the patchwork of Safe Place and Keep Safe schemes. The project aims to create a nationwide network of support, ensuring children and young people feel independent and empowered to explore their own communities.
With vulnerable people facing many challenges in their day to day life from bulling and abuse to social isolation, it is important they are given the tools they need to boost their confidence and be more active in their community.
The funding will also enable Safe Places to develop their free-to-use Safe Places smart phone apps to be voice activated so people with Visual Impairments will soon be able to locate a Safe Places in Torfaen by simply talking to their smart phones.
Additionally, Torfaen schools are given access to bespoke Special Educational Needs and Disability symbolised education resources designed to help teach vulnerable people to be safe and keep safe while encouraging independence.
The Safe Places National Network is developing further symbolised education resources to help teach vulnerable people about difficult subjects such as Mate Crime which is a form of disability hate crime. Not only will these materials help those who use symbols to read, but it will also prevent them from becoming a victim of mate crime.
Andrew Culkin, Director at Safe Places Organisation, said: “We are over the moon to receive this funding from the National Lottery. This amazing award will enable us to develop the Safe Places National Network and to add even more benefits for our member’s schemes. The dream we have been working towards, of creating a truly nationwide network of support for vulnerable people just took a big step towards becoming a reality.”
Executive Member for Health, Adult Services and Wellbeing, Councillor Richard Clark said, "It is vitally important for us as a council to provide and coordinate services across the borough that support our most vulnerable residents here in Torfaen. The Safe Places scheme in Torfaen is growing and i would encourage more local businesses and charities to get in touch and support the scheme.
With the new allocation of funding and an upgraded digital app in the pipeline, our most vulnerable residents can rest assured that they will be equipped with the tools and knowledge in order to feel safe and secure in public."
You can also find out more here www.safeplaces.org.uk