A COMMUNITY scheme that aims to provide safe havens for vulnerable people when they are out and about has been set up in Salisbury.

Safe Places is being run by a variety of local organisations working with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and public buildings to provide a haven for anyone who needs a little help and support.

Inspector Andy Noble of Salisbury Police, one of the partners in the scheme, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Safe Places scheme, which can offer support to anyone who is a little frail or vulnerable.

“Perhaps someone has misplaced their purse, keys or bus pass, they might be lost or have been subjected to bullying.

“We want everyone to feel safe on the streets of Salisbury and the businesses that display a Safe Places sticker have all committed to providing a little bit of kindness and support and referring them on to the person who can help where necessary.

"It is just about being good citizens and we are encouraging even more businesses to join.”

As part of the scheme, people can choose to carry a card that explains any condition they may have and who to contact in case of an emergency.

About 40 organisations in Salisbury have already signed up to the scheme, which is supported by the NHS, Salisbury City Council, Victim Support, Wiltshire Police, and Wiltshire Council as well as voluntary groups such as Age UK, South Wilts Mencap and the Salisbury Independent Self Advocacy Group.

Safe Places is being piloted in Salisbury before being considered for roll out across Wiltshire.