An Eastbourne care home has joined a new scheme to protect young people who may feel threatened on the streets.
Sunrise of Eastbourne, on Upper King’s Drive, is now a designated safe place for any young people who may find themselves in trouble or feeling out of their comfort zone when on the streets of Eastbourne.
The scheme encourages local businesses to open their doors so young people have a place to seek refuge when they need it. The young person can then wait until the problem has gone away or ask for assistance; and a friend or family are called to help.
Deputy manager Nancy Walford said, “This wonderful new scheme is such a great idea and we are so happy that Sunrise of Eastbourne can help the local schools and young people make sure they stay safe and happy on their daily travels.
“We hope no one ever has to endure any issues or face trouble, but just in case, we are always here and our doors are always open.”
A spokesperson for Sunrise of Eastbourne said the Safe Haven Scheme is a great way to bring people from the local area together and encourage younger and older people to be more involved and forge important bonds with each other.
This is a fast-growing scheme with more than 100 organisations now taking part, county wide. The Sunrise community will be displaying a poster showing they welcome and will assist anyone requesting help, so be sure to look out for the ‘Safe Haven’ symbol if you need a hand.