Anyone may need help to stay safe at some time in their life, but some people with care and support needs may be more vulnerable. In the Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham there are schemes and advice to help people keep safe.
The Safer Places scheme aims to provide people, and particularly those with a learning disability, with a safe place to go to where help can be summoned if they are feeling scared or upset while out on their own in the community. Vulnerable people can request a card where they can write their name and the phone number of their trusted person. They carry this card with them and if needed, they can show this card to the Safe Place staff who will make the phone call for them to someone they trust, who will either come and collect them or advise them on what they need to do. The Safe Places in the scheme are easily identified by the logo displayed in the front window.
Support With Confidence will help you find a wide range of care and support from people and businesses you can trust. West Berkshire and Wokingham are members of Support with Confidence. If you live in Reading, ReACT has a guide for people who need care and support called Getting the Help You Need.
Healthwatch is the consumer champion for health and social care, seeking your views and taking them to those who deliver and commission services. There is a Healthwatch in every local area. Click here for Healthwatch in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham.
The NHS has produced a guide for people who have care and support needs, and their carers, which can be found here: Your Guide to Care and Support.