AN Ealing-based project, called Treat Me Right!, is launching a new scheme called Safer Places next Thursday (17) with a stall in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre from 1-5pm.

Safer Places aims to create a network of areas in Ealing where people with learning disabilities can go if they feel they are in danger, frightened or need help.

Research shows that people with learning disabilities often live in fear of hate crime, verbal and physical abuse.

The idea behind Safer Places is to offer sanctuary and support to people if they feel at risk when out and about in Ealing.

Treat Me Right! is a project managed by Certitude, a social care provider and charity based in Ealing.

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The Treat Me Right! team are actively working with businesses and organisations to provide areas in shops, cafes, restaurants and private offices around the town.

Helen Cairns, Treat Me Right! project manager, said: “Having safe places dotted around town will give a lot of people more confidence to get out and about.

“Though our primary focus is on people with learning disabilities, Safer Places can also be used by anyone who feels vulnerable when out and about.”

If you are a business in the borough of Ealing and wish to become a Safer Place, contact Helen Cairns 020 3397 3041 or email