The Potteries Invests In Safer Places


Have you heard of the Safer Places initiative? We’re betting not – it’s only been adopted by a few municipalities in the UK to date. But it deserves to be known (and put into place) everywhere.

The Potteries Shopping Centre has recently signed on to the Stoke-on-Trent initiative. As a result, it will be affixing “Safe Place” stickers to each of its entrances. This is a signal to local people with disabilities that the center is a place they can get assistance if they need it, particularly if they feel distressed, vulnerable or scared while they’re out in the community.

People who join the initiative receive a Keep Safe card, listing the names and contact numbers of two friends, guardians or family members who can be called on for assistance. The Potteries can thereby use that contact information to help a shopper or local in distress.

It’s a small thing that requires a minimal investment of time or funds, but it could make a massive difference in the comfort and freedom of disabled individuals. If that doesn’t sound like a worthy cause to get behind, what does?

Paul Francis, the center’s general manager, says “We are really pleased to be included in the scheme. We pride ourselves in being at the heart of the community in the City Centre and this is just another way we can help our customers enjoy their shopping experience.”


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