Keep Safe Card
A scheme which helps people with disabilities to feel safe and secure when out and about has been expanded.
The Keep Safe Card project is jointly run by Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board and has been expanded with funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
There are currently 1,400 card users signed up across the county.
The project encourages people with a disability, people who experience mental illness, or people who may be vulnerable, to sign up as Keep Safe Card holders.
The card can then be shown whenever the holder feels lost, bullied, worried about their safety or in need of assistance in any way.
Help may be found in shops, libraries, leisure centres, GP surgeries or anywhere a person feels they can ask for support.
The three emergency services, Police, Fire and Ambulance, will also be able to access the information to be able to support the person in the best possible way.
The card holds some basic details about the person’s disability as well as contact details for people close to them, such as carers, who can be telephoned in an emergency. The card also gives an idea of how best to help and communicate with the card holder.
To sign up for a Keep Safe Card or for more information ring 01604 888963, email email@example.com or visit www.keepsafenorthants.org and download an application form.