Keep Safe is a national initiative developed by the community based charity I Am Me in partnership with Police Scotland.
The purpose of the initiative is to establish a network of safe places within communities across Scotland. The scheme is particularly aimed at people who may feel more vulnerable when out in the community due to: a sensory impairment; physical disability; learning disability; mental health issue; or frailty due to age. There are already a number of safe places operating throughout Scotland, these include: shops, cafes, libraries, shopping centres and recreational facilities.
All Keep Safe premises are screened by Police Scotland and trained staff are available to offer assistance. All approved Keep Safe premises display a sticker on their frontage to indicate their participation in the scheme.
People looking to utilise the scheme can add their contact details, and other relevant information, to a Keep Safe card which they can present to staff at any Keep Safe premises. Keep Safe cards are available from participating premises or can be downloaded from the I Am Me website.
In addition, the Keep Safe Scotland app enables users to quickly identify the nearest Keep Safe premises, contact the police or plan a route. The app is free to download for Android and iOS.
Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership have recently begun rolling the initiative across both local authority areas.
If you would like further information on becoming a Keep Safe member, or utilising the scheme, please contact Lynda Somerville at email@example.com