A safe place helps vulnerable people if they feel scared or at risk while they are out and about in the community and need support right away.
This help can range from a phone call to home, or help with directions.
The idea is that more vulnerable people can use the venues if they are feeling unsafe, vulnerable, threatened or anxious.
Many who benefit from the scheme never actually use them, but the existence of them allows people to feel safer, and go out and live more independently.
Locations within the scheme are a point of contact for anyone who needs it, and staff will provide help ranging from a listening ear through to help with reporting an incident or phoning a family member or friend.
Making our Community a Safe Place MFC is the latest addition to a network of safe places in key community locations throughout Teesside supporting the principle ‘safeguarding is everyone’s business’.
Cllr Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Middlesbrough Football Club is such an important part of our local community and it’s brilliant that they have come on board with the Safe Place scheme.
“A lot of work has been going on in Middlesbrough in recent years to raise awareness of these issues and we were delighted to be recognised as a Dementia Friendly Town. More and more businesses and organisations are coming on board with Safe Places and we would encourage everyone to read up on what it is all about and what it offers.”
Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “I’m delighted that Middlesbrough Football Club has joined the 96 other Safe Place venues across the Teesside area offering a safe refuge for vulnerable people who may need additional support.
“The Safe Place scheme is another good example of the community coming together to protect the most vulnerable in society and offer a helping hand to those in need.”
In Middlesbrough, alongside the Riverside Stadium other Safe Place venues include all Middlesbrough Council community hubs, central library, mima, Age UK Teesside on Borough Road, Community Fire Station on Park Road South, Coulby Newham Fire Station, Middlesbrough Bus Station and Marks & Spencer.
- The Safe Place logo is displayed in all scheme member venues, to see a full Teeswide list of all locations please visit https://www.tsab.org.uk/find-support-in-your-area/safe-place-scheme/