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Community Leisure Centres sign up to ‘Keep Safe’

Published on Thursday, 13th April 2017

The ‘Keep Safe’ scheme sees local shops and businesses agreeing to become ‘safe havens’ for vulnerable people, with their staff offering support should they find themselves in difficulty.

The Dengie Hundred Sports Centre in Burnham and the Blackwater Leisure Centre in Maldon are now officially ‘safe havens’.


Places for People Leisure, the social enterprise who run both centres were keen to get involved and are now displaying the bright yellow ‘Keep Safe’ sticker. This sticker signifies to vulnerable people that staff have been trained and briefed on the scheme, and are happy to assist them. This assistance might include making a call on their behalf or providing more information and reassurance.


Mark Taylor, Contract Manager at Places for People Leisure said, “It’s fantastic to be able to partner with the council and to offer support to the most vulnerable people in both Maldon and Burnham when we’re needed. It’s also great to be able to offer this facility so close to both promenades and in areas where limited other ‘safe havens’ are available”.


Richard Holmes, Director of Customers & Community said “Maldon District Council has been running the ‘Keep Safe’ scheme in the community since March 2013. This is a simple but effective way for businesses and shops to provide support to vulnerable people in our community”.


If you know of anyone who would benefit from information about this scheme, or are interested in becoming a safe haven, please contact Ali Burlington on 01621 854477 or email