Yay for Safe Places for adults with learning disabilities

Cliff Morgan, Plymouth City Council, Dan Ashley, owner of Yay Koffee, Rob Clark, Plymouth City Council and Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care

Plymouth is celebrating successfully creating almost 200 locations under the Safe Place scheme.

Yay Koffee on Mutley Plain is one of the latest venues to sign up to the scheme which is designed to help people with learning disabilities feel confident and safe when they are out and about in Plymouth.

The Safe Places window sticker has appeared across the city in shops, community centres, libraries, Plymouth Community Homes offices and businesses ranging from hair dressers to bakeries.

If someone needs help, they look for the sign and go in ask for it. Those on the scheme carry cards with useful contact numbers on such as a carer or family details.

Dan Ashley, owner of Yay Koffee said: “We have a number of adults with disabilities who come in and I think we’ve created a happy and safe environment here and happy to help in anyway I can.”

Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “It’s a simple scheme that can make such a big difference for some of our more vulnerable residents.

“We want people to go out and to enjoy life, but know it can sometimes be intimidating. We pledged to support this scheme as a Council but I am really chuffed and proud to see so many of our small businesses take part in this scheme to provide a safe haven for those who need it. Small gestures can go a long way to ensuring Plymouth is a great place for everyone to live.”

The locations are identified by members of the Council’s Community Outreach Team who make sure staff at the venues are happy to be on standby to help.

The team also support over 80 people to live more independently.

The full list of Safe Places and information about how to sign up is on the ‘Open to All’ website as well as the Plymouth Online Directory.