Vulnerable people in Whitehill & Bordon now have a safe place to go if they are feeling overwhelmed or being bullied, abused or harassed.

The Safe Place scheme has been rolled out across Whitehill & Bordon under East Hampshire District Council’s Healthy New Town programme to make sure vulnerable people have somewhere they can feel safe.

There are currently six ‘Safe Places’ in the town offering refuge to anyone who feels intimidated or at risk while they are out and about.

The scheme provides a place, with trained staff, for people to seek help or simply to just calm down and have some alone-time.

Easily recognisable by their bright yellow and red ‘Safe Place’ sticker, the Whitehill & Bordon Safe Places are:

  1. Tesco
  2. Quebec Café
  3. Forest Surgery
  4. Badgerswood Surgery
  5. Forest Community Centre
  6. The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “We are delighted to bring such a fantastic initiative to Whitehill & Bordon.

“It is important that as the town develops, all residents and visitors to the town feel safe and can enjoy all the new facilities on offer. Absolutely anyone is welcome to use the Safe Place if they feel like they need to get off the streets for any reason.

“We would like to thank all the businesses that have already signed up to be a Safe Place, it is great to have six stretching all the way across the town.”

If you would like to offer a Safe Place, please contact Rebecca Treharne, EHDC’s Healthy New Towns Project Officer on Rebecca.treharne@easthants.gov.uk

Feeling safe in a Healthy New Town