DROITWICH has become the first town in Wychavon to become part of the safe place scheme.

The scheme provides locations that vulnerable people can go to should they need reassurance, or support for a problem while out and about.

All safe place locations have a sticker identifying them, and among the safe locations are shops, businesses and public buildings.

Locations have trained staff members that are able to give reassurance and also help people contact other appropriate support.

Among the Droitwich places now signed up to the scheme are Canal Side Studios, the Gardeners Arms pub, Droitwich Library, and Morrisons supermarket.

The scheme is being run by Our Way Self Advocacy, which is running successful safe place schemes elsewhere in the region including in Kidderminster.

With support from Wychavon District Council and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, they are now rolling out the scheme across Worcestershire.

David Hemming, Wychavon District Council’s community safety manager, said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership to support and develop the safe place scheme.

"Supporting vulnerable people and helping them to feel safe and more confident is important and we are looking forward to working together to launch the scheme in Evesham and Pershore in the future.”

The full list of places signed up to the scheme can be found on the Our Way website, ourway.org.uk.

People with learning disabilities can also register to be part of the scheme, by carrying a "I need help" card to carry.

The card features the numbers of safe places that can be called.

To register and receive a card, or find out more about the scheme, call the Our Way office on 01562 820262.