Safe places to visit for the distressed
Alarmed, distressed and confused people can now seek help in a series of areas specially set up to look after them.
A total of 178 Keep Safe Places, have been established. They are in libraries, shops, Age UK branches and businesses.
Keep Safe Place stickers are on the doors of organisations which have signed up to the scheme, developed by Leicestershire County Council with Age UK and the police.
Councillor Joe Orton, the county council cabinet member for safer communities, said: "It is reassuring for people to know there are places to go if they are feeling upset, confused or worried while out in town centres.
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"Staff can offer basic support, including a place to sit down and contact friends or relatives if necessary."
Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland executive director Tony Donovan has welcomed the scheme.
Councillor Sarah Russell, said: "This scheme is a great way to help vulnerable people and their carers to feel safer about getting out and about in the community, knowing that libraries, community centres and shops can offer them a safe place."
Anyone who would like to find out more on the Keep Safe Place scheme should visit: