Free App launched to help vulnerable people find safe haven

PICTURE: Coralie Mortimer (Tornado Gloves), Karen Aspley (MENCAP), Paddy Tipping (PPC) and Mike Coston (Nottingham Mencap)

A new App has been launched that will direct people with learning disabilities to the nearest safe place if they are lost, in trouble or feel threatened.

The free  app was launched by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.  With the addition of Nottingham, there are now 9 Safe Place schemes running in the UK.

Mr Tipping said: “I’m delighted to support the launch of this new app and Nottingham’s membership to the Safe Place website which will help increase the safety of vulnerable people living or visiting our city.

Individuals with learning difficulties are at increased risk of hate crime and it’s vital we put the right safeguards in place to protect them and ensure help is always available.

Nottingham Mencap has been instrumental in making sure this happens by building participation in this project.”

The Safe Place App
The Safe Place App

The app will direct a person to the nearest Safe Place if they are in any kind of distress or are feeling vulnerable.

There are currently 69 safe places in Nottingham including the Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Victoria Leisure Centre and the NET Travel Centre.

Karen Aspley, from Nottingham MENCAP, said: “The people at the Safe Places have been trained to provide immediate emergency help to a vulnerable person and to re-connect someone with their circle of support.

It may be that someone is disorientated or has lost their bus pass or they feel threatened.

The aim of the the scheme is so that vulnerable people such as those with learning difficulties feel more confident to go out in the evenings and enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else.”

Mr Tipping has joined forces with MENCAP and Nottingham based  Tornado Gloves to provide the Safe Place app which is available on the iPhone App Store or Google Play.

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