OxFSN supports and promotes the Safe Places Scheme in Oxfordshire.
A national initiative that encourages local local shops, businesses and facilities – such as libraries, museums and leisure centres – to sign up for and to provide a safe place if someone is feeling lost, worried or threatened.
Safe Places aims to help vulnerable groups of people, such as elderly people with dementia, or people with learning disabilities and mental health needs.
Businesses that take part in the scheme will be identified with a distinctive logo in the window, which will be issued with the approval of local Thames Valley Police officers and periodically checked by Safe Places volunteers.
Those who might benefit from the scheme will be issued with a contact card, providing a named person to contact if they are in need of help. If someone shows the card in a Safe Place, the business or shop will contact the helper named on the card and keep the vulnerable person safe until their supporter arrives.