VULNERABLE people in Aldeburgh are set to benefit from a new scheme designed to help them feel safe when they’re out and about. Ten businesses in the town, including St Elizabeth Hospice, Bedfords Estate Agents and the Ye Olde Cross Keys pub, are showing their support for the ‘Suffolk Stay Safe’ scheme by receiving training and displaying specially-designed Stay Safe window stickers. By signing up, they’re pledging to help anyone who comes to them for support.
This could include young people who are victims of bullying, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or those who may feel anxious when out in public areas. People who carry Stay Safe cards – which hold personal information about them including their medical history, communication needs and emergency contacts – can therefore have greater confidence when leaving the house.
The scheme is being launched in Aldeburgh by staff working for the Sue Ryder Dementia Project, supported by the Suffolk Hate Crime Service. It follows successful rollouts in 12 other towns and villages across Suffolk. The aim is for every area to be covered by the end of the year.
Tracey Plested, community services manager at Sue Ryder, said:
We have been raising awareness of dementia in Aldeburgh and surrounding areas for the past ten months by running local engagement events and training. The Stay Safe schemes ties into the work we are doing by supporting the local community to support each other. We are pleased to be involved and to support the project to help make Aldeburgh a safer place to live.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said:
All those involved in the project recognise the need for all individuals to feel safe in their environment and understand the importance of having places they can identify as safe places to go for help if necessary. I am absolutely delighted with the continuing success of this scheme, and our plans to extend it to other areas. It will give vulnerable people a sense of safety and security should they find themselves in a challenging situation. I hope as many businesses as possible will sign up to join the scheme. I am pleased to be able to launch this scheme and look forward to seeing the results.
Julie Phipps, owner of a crafts and homeware shop in the town, said:
Some time ago I felt unwell when I was out and was pleased to be helped by a kind person in a shop. I would want others to be reassured that there are very nice people in Aldeburgh who would help if you if you need it. If we help others who are vulnerable then it may prevent them feeling like they are in living in a wilderness.
Suffolk Stay Safe
Suffolk Stay Safe scheme is a partnership between a large number of agencies supporting vulnerable people living in the county. It was a scheme initially brought to the Suffolk Hate Crime Service by The Young Voices Youth Parliament who were aware of a similar scheme in Cambridge. The partnership has extended over time to include the Dementia Project, Suffolk Family Carers, ACE, Sensing Change, Leading Lives, Sue Ryder, Suffolk Constabulary, Realise Futures and many others. The scheme is managed by Suffolk Hate Crime Service on behalf of the partnership.
Suffolk Stay Safe currently operates in Felixstowe, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Beccles, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Kesgrave, Needham Market, Eye, Saxmundham, Wickham Market and Woodbridge.
Suffolk Hate Crime Service
The Suffolk Hate Crime service supports people in all walks of life who have experienced prejudice on the grounds of race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or age.
Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness. Whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones. We enable people to live the life they want, and do everything we can to ensure their time with us is the best it can be. We do this in our hospices, in our neurological care centres, in local communities and in people’s homes.