New ‘Keep Safe’ lifeline for disabled

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More than 20 Spalding businesses are throwing a lifeline to adults with disabilities by giving them a safe place to go in emergencies.

Around 50 people have been trained under the Keep Safe scheme to help them cope with personal dramas such as being attacked, needing a doctor or losing their money.

KEEP SAFE: Shell Arliss (front, centre), of Total Voice Lincolnshire, with some of the adults who will benefit from Keep Safe. SG051113-112TW

KEEP SAFE: Shell Arliss (front, centre), of Total Voice Lincolnshire, with some of the adults who will benefit from Keep Safe. SG051113-112TW

All they have to do is pop into a business displaying the Keep Safe sign to get help from staff.

Keep Safe is backed by Lincolnshire Police and the advocacy and involvement service, Total Voice, which looks after people with learning difficulties, mental health problems, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and dementia.

Service users from Spalding’s Chappell Centre were among those at the official launch in Spalding on Tuesday.

Shell Arliss, an advocate with Total Voice, said the scheme is already running in Grantham, Sleaford, Lincoln and Boston, which means Spalding people will be able to access the service in those towns too.

She said: “We have trained 50 people in Spalding, but anyone who is vulnerable in the town area and sees one of the stickers can access the scheme.”