Keep Safe is a free scheme to help anyone with a learning disability living in the Colchester Borough.

Shops and other venues across the town display the Keep Safe sticker and will offer the use of a telephone or will make a phone call for members of the scheme if they are in need.  For example, if they lose their keys, telephone or wallet, or they are distressed in any way.

Members join the scheme and are given a card that has the phone numbers of their contacts to call for help.  We provide details about the venues supporting the scheme, which include shops, supermarkets and public places that will be a safe destination to go to.

If you or someone you work or care for is interested in joining the scheme, please complete this short application form.

We also welcome applications from venues who would like to provide a safe place for members of the scheme. Please complete this short application form.

“I know from speaking to family members of people with learning disabilities that one of the biggest barriers to reaching independence is the fear of the person becoming lost or being taken advantage of while out.  I believe the scheme is invaluable”.

Alison Ling

Manager, Level Best Art Cafe

“We are proud to support the relaunch of the Keep Safe scheme, which also coincides with Keep Safe Week and Mencap’s Learning Disability Week.  Vulnerable residents can be confident that there are venues they can go to where staff are guaranteed to help them, should they feel unsafe or unwell.”

Pam Donnelly

Chair of the Safer Colchester Partnership

“I’d like to thank the 17 businesses and public venues who have already shown their commitment to supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and invite others to follow their lead and proudly display a Keep Safe sticker in their window”.

Cllr Mike Lilley

Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities and Licensing

Below is a list of participating venues, or you can download the Keep Safe Directory here.


As well as Colchester, Keep Safe is running in other local towns, such as Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton on Sea, Maldon, Halstead and Witham
99p Stores

84-86 Culver Street East
Colchester  CO1 1LF

Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street
Colchester  CO1 1NF


Colchester Library

21 Trinity Street
Colchester CO1 1JB

Colchester Police Station

10 Southway
Colchester CO3 3BU

Colchester Town Hall

High Street
Colchester CO1 1PJ

Dedham Art and Craft Centre

High Street
Dedham  CO7 6AD

Essex Rose Tea House

High Street
Dedham  CO7 6DE

Greenstead Library

Hawthorn Avenue
Colchester CO4 3QE

Greenstead Community Centre

Hawthorn Avenue
Colchester CO4 3QE

Hythe Community Centre

1 Ventura Drive
Colchester CO1 2FG

Langham Community Shop

School Road
Colchester CO4 5PA

Leisure World

Cowdray Avenue
Colchester CO1 1YH

Level Best Art Cafe

3 Culver Street East
Colchester CO1 1LD

Lion Walk Activity Centre

31 Eld Lane
Colchester CO1 1LS

One Support Housing Group

9 St Peters Street
Colchester CO1 1WD

Open Road

12 North Hill
Colchester CO1 1DZ

Mercury Theatre

Balkerne Gate
Colchester CO1 1PT

Perrywood Garden Centre

Kelvedon Road
Tiptree  CO5 9SX


4-6 Long Wyre Street
Colchester CO1 1LH

Prettygate Library

Prettygate Road
Colchester CO3 4EQ

Stanway Library

10 Villa Road
Colchester  CO3 0RH

The Duchess Pub

156 High Street
Colchester CO1 1PG

Tiptree Library

Rectory Road
Tiptree CO5 0SX

West Mersea Library

13 High Street
West Mersea  CO5 8QA

Wivenhoe Library

104-6 High Street
Wivenhoe CO7 9AB