McDonalds on Blake Street is York’s first 24-hour Safe Place. A place anyone can go to, any time night or day, if they are feeling overwhelmed, unwell, or just need a little time out. It might be a teenager feeling uncomfortable during a night out, for example, or a person living with dementia who needs a helping hand.
There are 19 Safe Places in York; public buildings, shops, cafes, libraries and museums all offering a friendly welcome, if someone needs it.
They are open to anyone who feels vulnerable when they are out and about; younger people, disabled people, those living with dementia, mental health issues or a learning disability.
If things go wrong, people feel confused, anxious, unwell, scared, or are out of sorts and fancy a chat, head to a Safe Place and seek help.
Knowing that Safe Places are in York gives people the confidence to get out and about, reducing isolation and increasing social interaction.
All Safe Places have a sticker displayed in their window which lets people know they will get a warm and supportive welcome inside. There’s also a Smartphone App which will take people to their nearest Safe Place location when out and about. Look out for the logo or download the App on your phone.
York’s Safe Place Coordinator, Maria Munday, is looking for new places to register as Safe Places. If you have any ideas of a good place you think should be become a Safe Place, (somewhere you feel safe or you’ve been helped by someone) or you know where people are friendly and helpful – please let her know and she will contact them.
For any more information, or to be added to their mailing list for regular updates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01904 621133.
Here’s a list of current Safe Places in York:
Acomb Explore (Library), Front Street, YO24 3BZ (Library hours, Closed Sunday)
Avalon Group, 17 James Nicholson Link, Clifton Moor, YO30 4XG (Office hours, closed weekends)
Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, YO1 8AR (10am – 4pm every day)
Blueberry Pop-up Shop, 17 Walmgate, YO1 9TX (10am – 3pm, Closed Sunday)
Clifton Explore (Library), Rawcliffe Lane, YO30 5SJ (Library hours, Closed Sunday)
DIG, St Saviourgate, YO1 8NN (10am-5pm every day)
Energise Leisure Centre, Acomb, YO10 4BY (Leisure Centre hours)
Fulford Road Police Station, Fulford Road, YO10 4BY (8am – 8pm every day)
HSBC Bank, Parliament Street (Bank hours, Closed Sunday)
LUSH, Coney Street, YO1 9QL (Shop hours)
Monkgate Job Centre, Monkgate (Job Centre hours, Closed weekend)
McDonalds, Blake Street, YO1 8QG (24hrs a day, every day)
MySight York, Merchantgate, YO1 9TU (10am – 3pm, closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Spurriergate Centre, Coney Street, YO1 9QR (10am – 2.30pm, closed Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
York Explore (Library), Museum Street (Library hours)