Scheme to prevent bullying launched in Worthing

WORTHING is taking part in a joint scheme to help prevent bullying, abuse and harassment of people with learning disabilities.

After a pilot launch in Horsham, the scheme is now being extended to the Worthing, Adur and Arun areas, and West Sussex County Council is looking for set-up support from local businesses and volunteers.

The Safe Place scheme is a joint county council and Sussex Police initiative that provides a place of safety in towns, cities or villages for anyone with a learning disability whenever they feel threatened or unsafe.

Scheme members carry a card that can be presented to staff at participating businesses and shops, displaying the person’s name and contact number of someone they trust that the store can contact in an emergency.

The county council started work this week with My Network at Buddy’s Cafe in Worthing to recruit local people with learning disabilities to act as ambassadors to promote the scheme to local businesses and shops, as well as potential members.

Membership is free.

To apply, people can download a form from the county council’s our Safe Places pages on bit.ly/Pf54vS, email Gary Capelin at gary.capelin@westsussex.go.uk, or write to The Safe Places Scheme, The Strawford Centre, Blatchford Close, Horsham RH13 5RG.

Alternatively, people can phone Jenny Stead, from Buddy’s Café, on 01903 202030.