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Great response in Lostwithiel to Safe Places scheme

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

SCHEME SUPPORTERS: From left, PSCO Natalie Phillips, Julie Raymond, Kevan Rawlings, Mr Ca logero of Terra nova, and PC Colin Gameson.

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EFFORTS to sign up local businesses in Lostwithiel to the Safe Places scheme have been met with a great response.

On Friday PCSO Natalie Phillips, East Cornwall diversity officer PC Colin Gameson, Sunnydene residential home support worker Natalie Thornhill, and Sunnydene residents Julie Raymond and Kevan Rawlings, spent time in the town attempting to identify potential businesses to sign up to the scheme.

The initiative aims to help people with learning difficulties, or vulnerable adults, to deal with incidents when out and about in public. The issues could be as simple as needing directions to more serious worries like getting harassed on the street.

A nationally recognisable sticker in the window of shops, pubs, restaurants and other premises shows the location is part of the Safe Places scheme and the adult concerned knows they can receive help there by producing their Safe Places card, which includes details such as name and emergency contact numbers.

The morning walk around the streets and businesses of Lostwithiel proved to be well worthwhile for the group.

"The idea was really well received in Lostwithiel and we had ten businesses sign up on the day, with a couple of others taking the information booklet to decide whether their business would be able to help," said PCSO Phillips.

Those that have signed up so far are: The Best Western Restormel Lodge, The Kings Arms, The Country Fryer, Co-op, The Post Office, Terra Nova, Mountchase Pharmacy, Watts Trading, Londis and The Royal Talbot.

Any other businesses looking to get involved in the scheme are asked to contact PCSO Phillips on 01726 812262.

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