On 4th December 2023, Safe Places Shropshire became a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant. The team was represented by Chair Ruby Hartshorn who signed the pledge together with Group Captain Andy Baron, Station Commander at RAF Shawbury.
The Safe Places scheme is a nationwide initiative, established by Mencap, which is supported locally by West Mercia Police. Safe Places Shropshire was introduced in July 2013. The scheme is designed to support the needs of people with learning disabilities, but is appropriate for anyone who may become vulnerable whilst out and about, for whatever reason. It is a simple system. Locations advertise that they are a Safe Place by displaying a sticker. This tells people who may become vulnerable that they can receive support and assurance at that location and they will be safe!
Safe Places Shropshire has made a commitment that it will ensure that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. As part of their pledge, they offer volunteering opportunities as a step on the way back into paid employment.
The Covenant is a national responsibility, and the Government is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the Armed Forces community by working with a range of delivery partners including businesses, local authorities, charities and the public. Those wishing to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant, and publicly declare their commitments.
Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant.