A new scheme to create safe places within shops for vulnerable people in the community has been launched in Cumbria.
People with learning difficulties, or who have mental health issues, will be urged to carry a card which will help them get assistance if they become confused or experience other difficulties while out shopping.
Cumbria Police has launched a Safe Place Scheme for vulnerable people who may need somewhere to go when they are out and out in county.
People who use the scheme carry a Safe Place identity card. They can show this to the staff of participating shops and businesses. The card will carry that person's name and the contact number of someone they trust.
“We are really pleased to be involved in this new project with Cumbria Police. Working with vulnerable people every day – we know how confusing and scary the world can be for them when things go wrong.
"It really important for them to be able to find a place to go for help where they know the people will be caring and help them.
"Very often vulnerable and elderly people will come into our shop when they are confused or feel unwell because they know our staff will help them – its great we can now do this on a formal basis with back up from the police.’
Carlisle's Mencap team will go down to Lodnon next month as they comet against other teams of young people for a a national award.
The group were put forward for the award by the High Sheriff Juilet Westoll for their DVD 'Keeping Safe' which was produced by young people with learning disabilities for young people.
'Even if they don't win they do have the knowledge that they have produced something really useful which will make a difference to people's lives of the most vulnerable in our society.'
– High Sheriff, Juilet Westoll
'This is an award that has nothing to do with learning disabilities. It is an award for young people who have done something for society. So there they are with their peers at a top award ceremony so it is really exciting.'