Following a donation from rail company Southeastern, Orpington Station has been designated a CitySafe Haven. The local community initiative, the CitySafe Haven Project, works to establish places of safety for young people who feel that they are in danger. The project was created after Jimmy Mizen was murdered in Lee in 2008 not far from his home.
Orpington Station received a £6,000 grant to create the sanctuary for those who want to escape the problems of crime and violence. It will join other places in local communities, including public buildings and shops, that offer themselves as places of safety.
In addition to creating the CitySafe Haven, Southeastern has signed up to the CitySafe Charter. This is a pledge that they will find temporary accommodation if someone has an immediate need, report all forms of crime, and create a mental health information hub in their waiting area.
As part of the launch campaign, school children from the local area developed the ideas, came up with a publicity plan, and created CitySafe leaflets.
Citizens UK organise the CitySafe campaign and work with young people, local businesses and the police to benefit communities. There are now more than 600 CitySafe Havens in London. They are clearly recognisable by the purple CitySafe logo that is displayed in the window. You can find out more about the project on the CitySafe website.
Were you aware of the CitySafe campaign? Do you know of any other local places that could benefit from joining the scheme?
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