Call for businesses to register as a ‘Safe Place’ in Henley
Businesses in Henley-on-Thames are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme to help provide a safe place to go if someone is feeling lost, worried or threatened.
‘Safe Places’ launches in Henley this March. Under the scheme, a vulnerable person can enter a participating location where trained staff will offer help to keep them safe.
Retailers, charities and other venues can register an interest in becoming a Safe Place by emailing South Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Safety team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01235 422593.
Participating locations will be invited to a special training session on Monday 26 February or 8 Thursday March at Henley Fire Station, with 45-minute slots available at 10am, 12:30pm and 5:30pm.
Once a member of staff has attended the training the location will receive an orange and yellow window sticker and can start supporting the Safe Places network. They will also be added to the Safe Places map -
safeplaces.org.uk/member-schemes/south-oxfordshire/ and mobile phone app.
Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We’ve already received a great response to Safe Places in Wallingford and Didcot with 27 locations signed up.
“This scheme provides vital support to those who are feeling vulnerable in our town centres, so it is only right that we extend it to more areas of the district and I urge retailers, charities and other organisations in Henley to register as a ‘Safe Place’.”
The South Oxfordshire scheme is coordinated by the South and Vale Community Safety Partnership and the Oxfordshire Family Support Network.
The South and Vale Community Safety Partnership is made up of representatives from the following organisations - South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, Public Health, NHS Oxfordshire, Soha, Sovereign Vale Housing, and Thames Valley Probation Service.
Training for businesses which have signed up to the Safe Places scheme will be provided by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. They will also monitor Safe Places to check how people are using them and will help promote Safe Places in schools and colleges to vulnerable young people, and during Safe and Well visits to vulnerable people in their own homes.