All disabled or vulnerable people have the right to stay safe and be confident going out in their community. However, often they do not feel safe – perhaps they have been a victim of a crime, been a hate crime victim, or else may simply be nervous and not be used to going out independently.

A Safe Place can be any local business or community building. The scheme encourages confidence and an ordinary life – people recognise the Safe Place sign as somewhere they can go if they get into trouble in the community.  The person in the Safe Place helps the individual to make a phone call to get help.  This phone call could be to someone in their family, someone they know or their paid carer, or it might be to the police if a crime has been committed.

People using the scheme are given a Safe Place card which has the Safe Place logo on it – this card helps remind the person what the logo looks like when they are out in the community. The same logo is displayed in the window of the Safe Place. The card also has contact numbers on it for the person to ring if they get into any difficulty.

What’s been happening in the West Midlands recently?

In 2016, Changing Our Lives was awarded funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s ‘Victim’s Fund’ to coordinate and develop the Safe Places scheme across the West Midlands. We concentrated on establishing the Safe Place scheme in Birmingham and Walsall and strengthening the existing schemes in Sandwell and Wolverhampton, by working alongside vulnerable people, local businesses and statutory and community organisations – this resulted in 654 Safe Places across the West Midlands.

Where are the Safe Places?

Across Birmingham we have established 220 new Safe Places:

Erdington and Kingstanding

Handsworth, Aston and Perry Barr

Harborne and Quinton

Kings Heath

Northfield and Weoley Castle

Shard End and Kitts Green

Sutton Coldfield

In Walsall, there are now 109 new Safe Places across the city centre, Aldridge, Bloxwich, and Darlaston.

Walsall Safe Place List

Sandwell Safe Places has been running since 2009 and currently has 142 Safe Places.

Sandwell Safe Place List

There are 183 Safe Place across Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton Safe Place List

If you would like to support this work or want to know more please email us at [email protected] or ring us on 0300 302 0770.