A safe place to go if you’re lost or worried

Feeling safe: Cllr Caroline Newton, centre, and Jan Sunman from Oxfordshire Family Support Network, second from right, at the launch of the Safe Places scheme in Thame

First it was Henley, next came Wallingford and then Didcot – now it is Thame’s turn to provide ‘peace of mind’ to vulnerable people.

The Safe Places scheme has expanded to its fourth location, giving people somewhere to go if they are feeling lost, worried or threatened.

Staff at participating premises, which will display a distinctive Safe Places logo, will look after those in need of support carrying a special card with contact details on.

In total, more than 50 premises have now signed up in south Oxfordshire, including seven new locations in Thame, three in Wheatley and four in Chinnor.

Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for community safety at South Oxfordshire District Council, which is behind the scheme, praised the early success of Safe Places.

Oxfordshire Family Support Network is one of the organisations to support the scheme. 

Jan Sunman, a volunteer from the group, said one of its key advantages is that it provides ‘great peace of mind’ to vulnerable people and their families. 

To request a Safe Places contact card, or you are a business interested in becoming a Safe Place, contact communitysafety@southandvale.gov.uk.

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