Greenlaw Restaurant now a Keep Safe place

Kat Hendren of the Greenlaw Restaurant with a Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team's Keep Safe poster
Kat Hendren of the Greenlaw Restaurant with a Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team's Keep Safe poster

Greenlaw is the latest Borders community to have a Keep Safe place that provides safe places for vulnerable people to go if they need help.

Kat Hendren at Greenlaw Restaurant was keen to get involved in the scheme that was piloted in Kelso and Galashiels towards the end of last year by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team, and she contacted them to ask about how to get involved.

Sergeant Justin Hulford, Police Scotland, said “I was delighted to be contacted by Kat Hendren at the Greenlaw Restaurant and we’ve only waited until now to make sure Keep Safe had a chance to bed in elsewhere. We are now looking to expand it further and this shows the opportunities in smaller settlements as well as the bigger towns.

“This is a great scheme that will help local people and those visiting the area know where they can get help if they need it. The logo is being used nationally and we expect this will provide help and safety to those that need it.

“Initially this will support people with learning disabilities but we intend to expand who can use this scheme in due course, and spread it across the Scottish Borders further into 2016.”

The aim of Keep Safe is to create safe places for people to go if they are lost, scared, need help or are the victim of crime. People that use the scheme will have a card that has information about themselves and their contact details, and shops and other premises who sign up to the scheme display a window sticker showing the Keep Safe logo.