A number of shops and businesses in Witney now offer a ‘Safe Place’ for vulnerable people (such as those with dementia, learning disabilities or mental health needs) when they feel lost, worried or threatened while they’re out and about in the town.
How the Safe Place scheme works
- People who might need to use a Safe Place carry a card, which they fill in with the details of their chosen contact.
- The businesses display a distinctive window sticker like the one on the right hand side so that the vulnerable person can easily identify them.
- When they show their card in a Safe Place, the business or shop will get in touch with their chosen contact and keep the vulnerable person safe until they arrive.
Request a Safe Places card
You can get a Safe Place card for a vulnerable person from the following places:
- West Oxfordshire District Council, Town Centre Shop, Welch Way, Witney
- West Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield reception, Elmfield Offices, New Yatt Road, Witney
- Cottsway Housing, Station Lane, Witney
Location of Witney Safe Places
Set up your business or shop as a Safe Place
Thames Valley Police check that each business meets the Safe Place criteria and volunteers visit every so often to check. To become a Safe Place please contact one of the following:
- Email Reg Nicolson or phone 01993 861000
- Email Jennifer Bennett or phone 01993 861000
- Email Kathy Liddell or phone 01993 358347
The scheme has been set up in West Oxfordshire thanks to a range of partner organisations including West Oxfordshire District Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Age UK, Oxfordshire Family Support Network, My Life My Choice and Cottsway Housing.