During the first Parliament meeting, the MP's also put forward the creation of a Safe Places scheme. This is where local shops, businesses and public buildings are nominated as a 'Safe Place', or somewhere a person with a learning disability would go if they feel threatened, have been a victim of a crime or have become lost and confused.
The Red Telephone sticker is displayed on these buildings and people know they can go there for help. Everyone with a learning disability in the City will be given a card where their name and the contact details of their family or people who support them are written. They will then be supported to make contact with the people on their card. If the matter is serious, the people at the shops or businesses will support the person to contact the police.
We are currently finding ways to secure funds that will help us to set up and run this scheme in Wolverhampton. We have the support of the City of Wolverhampton Police, as well as the City Council and we hope we can start this project in the near future.
Members of Wolverhampton People's Parliament:
- Andy Howell – Joint Lead on Employment and is Co-Chair of the Learning Disability Partnership Board.
- James Millard – Leads on Hate Crime
- Jessica Bromley – Leads on Health Matters
- Matthew Roberts – Parliament Co-Secretary
- Sara Gorman – Parliament Co-Secretary
- Winsome Clarke – Supports work on Hate Crime
- Christian Hamilton – Lead for Young People
- Michael Hopkins – Leads on Public Transport