Mr Coppinger met with Life Store Manager, Lynne Blackburn and Senior Programme Manager, Nigel Brough, for a tour of the facilities.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, showed his support for Safe Places across Cleveland when he visited the Life Store, in Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough.
Safe Places are venues in the community where people who need extra support can go if they need some help. This can be any community venue, ranging from a library to a local business. Safe Places are recognisable by a logo on the windows or entrance to the premises.
The Life Store is an innovative concept in providing health advice and information which is managed by the Pioneering Care Partnership. The concept is unique to Middlesbrough, providing state of the art health advice and information promoting a healthy lifestyle and health initiatives.
Some of the many services available at the Life Store include alcohol advice, weight management, stop smoking service, sexual health advice, dental health and cancer support.
Mr Coppinger said: “The Life Store is a perfect venue to act as a Safe Place as it is easily accessible, being situated in a busy shopping centre, and already provides signposting and support for a wide range of issues, so is a venue where people feel safe and comfortable.
“It is important that vulnerable people feel supported in our local communities, and Safe Places are one of many ways we can provide this support.”
In recent months the Life Store has provided support to a wide range of people who have used the facility as a Safe Place, ranging from debt advice, to providing support for someone with suicidal thoughts.
For more details on Life Store services contact 01642 737884, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on Thursday 1st October 2015