What is the Safe Spaces Scheme?

The Sandwell Safe Spaces Scheme is based in Bearwood in Smethwick and West Bromwich town centre. It provides a safe place indoors for anyone who may feel vulnerable, distressed or worried while out and about in Bearwood and West Bromwich town centre.

Safe Spaces are buildings such as shops, libraries and other organisations where you can go if you feel unsafe outside while you call and wait for a family member or friend, for example, to collect you or for the police to arrive. 

The Safe Spaces Scheme is supported by West Midlands Police and in West Bromwich by West Bromwich Business Improvement District too.

How can I identify a Safe Space?

Organisations and businesses taking part in the Safe Spaces scheme can be identified by a Safe Space sticker displayed in the window of their buildings similar to the below.

We are a safe space poster

When you see this sticker, you know you can go into the Safe Space and ask for help if you need to. You will be:

  • Listened to
  • Reassured
  • Allowed to use the telephone, if needed
  • Offered refuge inside where you wait

Where are the Safe Spaces?

Click on the link below to see where all the Safe Spaces in Bearwood and West Bromwich town centre are.

Check Safe Spaces Map

Where could I get further help from?

If you have have been harassed or the victim of abuse, there are many organisations local to you who can support you. Click on the link below to find out who these are, how they can help and their contact details. 

Support Services in Sandwell