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Keep Safe

Keep Safe is an innovative scheme to help vulnerable people feel safe when they are in Saffron Walden town centre.

Organised by the Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership (CSP), the scheme has the dedicated support of local traders and businesses that have put themselves forward to act as Keep Safe venues - creating a network of safe places for people to go if they need help while in the town.

People who sign up to Keep Safe are given a key ring and card to write the number of someone they wish to be contacted if they need assistance while out and about in the town - for example, if they lose their mobile phone or wallet, or they are distressed in any way. They can show the card in the venues involved to get instant access to help in non-emergency situations.

These venues will display the Keep Safe sticker in their windows, and staff will allow members the use of a telephone or will make a phone call on their behalf in an emergency.

As part of the scheme, participating venues are offered the opportunity to take part in an ongoing programme of dementia awareness training.

Waitrose, Goddards Electrical, The Temeraire, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Craft Days, The Mocha Café, Beales, the Library and the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) are currently all members - and more partners are always welcome.

Saffron Walden has joined a network of towns across the county who are part of 'Keep Safe Essex'. Other towns involved include Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon and Tendring. Keep Safe members can ask for assistance at participating venues across the county.

It is hoped the scheme can be rolled out to other towns in Uttlesford in the near future.

Do you think that you or someone you know could benefit from the Saffron Walden Keep Safe scheme? Would you like to know more? If so, contact Uttlesford's Community Safety Officer Angela Greneski by email agreneski@uttlesford.gov.uk or call 01799 510510