Further Safe Space rolled out for Tunbridge Wells

METRO Bank is the latest local store to offer a ‘Safe Space’ refuge to those at risk of domestic abuse.

The UK SAYS NO MORE campaign created Safe Spaces in 2016, making use of consultation rooms in pharmacies and banks to provide safe and discreet locations from which to reach out to friends and family, or to contact specialist support services.

Following a pilot scheme at 48 stores, Metro Bank in Tunbridge Wells has been offering a Safe Space since the beginning of March.

Explaining that not all Metro Banks were suitable for a Safe Space, Tunbridge Wells Metro Bank Store Manager Josh Evans said: “Some stores are fully exposed to public view, with large glass forefronts.

“Although all stores support the campaign, certain Metro Bank stores would not have been able to offer a truly safe and confidential space for victims.”

Other Safe Spaces in and around Tunbridge Wells include Boots in Calverley Road, Crowborough High Street and Crowborough Beacon; HSBC in Mount Pleasant Road, and Morrisons in Crowborough.

For a full list of Safe Spaces, visit: uksaysnomore.org/safespaces

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