POLICE in Abingdon have been working alongside the council and fire service on a scheme that aims to make vulnerable people feel confident and safe.

The new Safe Places scheme – run by Thames Valley Police, Vale of White Horse District Council and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service – aims to support those who feel lost, anxious, abused, harassed or bullied.

It will also offer support to the elderly, people with dementia, those with physical or learning disabilities, people with mental health problems or anyone who feels unwell.

Trained staff at each Safe Place will be able to help the person find a solution to what they are experiencing and can contact someone to assist them.

On some occasions, if necessary, this may involve contacting the police.

Abingdon Safe Places is being officially launched between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Thursday in Abingdon Market Place.

Anybody who would like to find out more about the scheme is urged to head along to the launch event.

Alternatively, people interested in Safe Spaces can find out more online by going to safeplaces.org.uk.

The website allows users to read frequently asked questions about the scheme and offers its mission statement.

People can also find out more by going to the council’s website at whitehorsedc.gov.uk