Communities working together for a safer Scotland
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Keep Safe is an award-winning initiative that started in Renfrewshire in response to feedback from the disabled community that there were times they did not feel safe when travelling independently.
The initiative is a partnership between I Am Me Scotland and Police Scotland and was originally developed to support disabled to participate in community life, free from fear of harassment and abuse. However, the initiative has received wide support and has continued to evolve to become a national network with over 800 Keep Safe places throughout Scotland. The initiative is available for anyone to use if they feel lost, scared, vulnerable or simply need some breathing space.
Keep Safe puts control into the hands of local businesses to take the lead in joining the initiative. Keep Safe places can be any places, such as, libraries, cafes, council buildings or town halls. All Keep Safe places are identified by having the Keep Safe logo displayed in their window, on our website and the Keep Safe Scotland app. A note of participating businesses is also shared with Police Scotland control room handlers.
The Keep Safe logo was designed in collaboration with people with a learning disability and people with visual impairments to choose the most accessible colour and design.
As part of the process to become a Keep Safe Place, we train staff on disability awareness and how to help someone who requires Keep Safe assistance.
We continue to aspire to develop our national network of Keep Safe places to make a safer Scotland for everyone!
As part of the Keep Safe initiative, I Am Me Scotland developed the Keep Safe Card. The Card can be used by anyone and details important information about an individual; name, health conditions/concerns and who to contact in an emergency.
Cards are provided for FREE by the charity and with no registration process, to eliminate any barriers in accessing them. (print version at bottom of page)
Designed by and developed with disabled people, the App enables the user to map out all Keep Safe places, plan routes in advance and find their nearest Keep Safe place. The App also enables people to report hate crime to the Police through the App. Download free from iOS and Android - KEEP SAFE SCOTLAND APP
The process towards becoming a Keep Safe place is quite simple:
Keep Safe Explained