A NEW window sticker scheme to help people with disabilities in South Tyneside has been launched.
Safe Places is being spearheaded by Your Voice Counts (YVC) in South Tyneside – a charity which acts as an advocate for people with learning and mental health disabilities.
The aim of the project is to get the borough’s businesses to display a sticker in their window to show people that they are a ‘safe place’ to visit.
Carole Watson, an involvement worker for YVC, said: “People will be able to recognise the sticker on the shop’s windows and, if they need assistance, they will be able to speak to a member of staff who has been trained.
“They will then be able to call that person’s carer, family member, or perhaps even the emergency services depending on what help they need.”
The scheme was officially launched at Central Library Theatre in Prince Georg Square, South Shields, yesterday.
Already, a number of organisations – including the borough’s eight libraries, Re-Design in Fowler Street, South Shields, Women’s Health In South Tyneside, Perth Green Community Centre in Jarrow and South Tyneside Homes –have signed up.
It’s hoped that more will do so, by visiting Central Library, in the coming weeks.
Derek Peters from Jarrow believes the more people that know about the Lottery funded scheme the better.
The 48-year-old YVC member said: “I will feel a lot more confident when I go into shops if they have the sticker on the window.”