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    Forth Valley safe space network for vulnerable people

    Written by on August 14, 2019

    Dozens of locations across the Forth Valley have been added to a network of safe spaces for vulnerable local people.

    The idea’s to provide a range of places where people can go if they’re lost, unwell, or have been the victim of a crime.

    Organisations who sign up to the ‘Keep Safe’ initiative are given a sticker to put on their window.

    Locations across the region include the Speirs Centre in Alloa, Falkirk Police Office – and Stirling Bus Station.

    Chief Officer of Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership Annemargaret Black said: “The large number of organisations across Stirling and Clackmannanshire who have shown a willingness to help our citizens who may feel vulnerable by joining the Keep Safe initiative is fantastic to see.

    “It is important that all people feel safe in their communities and, for those feeling anxious, knowing that they have somewhere to turn if they need support can provide an invaluable reassurance. By providing these Keep Safe locations, we are creating an opportunity for people who don’t always feel confident to participate freely in daily community life.

    Convenor of Stirling Council’s Public Safety Committee, Councillor Maureen Bennison, said: “We are committed to ensuring that Stirling is an inclusive place and one where people look out for the best interests of others. This initiative will help vulnerable members of our communities to feel safe and know where to go for help and assistance, should they require it. It is a superb development and I am sure will help offer peace of mind for people when they are out in Stirling.”

    Leader of Clackmannanshire Council, Councillor Ellen Forson said: “I’m pleased to see so many Keep Safe places across Clackmannanshire, where people who may feel vulnerable know they can get care and advice.

    “This partnership across many local organisations has proved very successful, and I hope our residents can continue to feel reassured when they’re out and about in our communities.”

    Superintendent Mark Lundie, Partnerships and Performance, Forth Valley Police said, “Police Scotland are delighted to be working in partnership with community charity I Am Me Scotland, supporting the roll out of the Keep Safe initiative in Forth Valley. I Am Me raise awareness of and tackle Disability hate crime, which is one of the most under reported crimes in the UK. There are 1 million people in Scotland registered as disabled or with a long term illness.

    “Tackling hate crime and enhancing community safety is a priority for Police Scotland and Keep Safe is a fantastic initiative that works with local communities and businesses to support this.”

    For details of current Keep Safe locations across the Forth Valley, visit www.iammescotland.co.uk.