What Is safe Space 1st?

Safe Space 1st unites communities under one common message. – that everyone deserves a safe space 1st.

Safe Space 1st is a movement that strives to provide a community consciousness of safe space 1st. This movement changes the vernacular of what it means, feels, and looks like to be a community and collectively expresses the intention of creating safe welcoming spaces.

Safe Space 1st strives to:

  • SProvide a clear program for communities to respond to threats related to the management of space that is adaptable to different situations.
  • Increase the publics confidence regarding the management of spaces.
  • Have every community become a “Safe Space 1st Community” – together expressing the intention of providing safe welcoming spaces
  • Provide innovative solutions for community safety regarding the management of spaces.
  • Achieve a higher level of community safety regarding space management.

Seeing is Believing- Visible Signs of Intention Displaying a Vision of Hope

The success of Safe Space 1st relies heavily on the involvement of everyone within communities.  Residents, businesses, and stakeholders within communities can print Safe Space 1st signage   and display it throughout their neighborhoods to encourage community safety where they live, work and play. By residents, businesses and stakeholders agreeing to display Safe Space 1stsignage in business windows, on roadways etc. they are expressing their commitment to keeping communities safe in every way.

How to be Deemed a Safe Space

Guidelines or being seemed a Safe Space will be determined based on three key elements. 
The type of space: 
– The type of space refers to the classification of space it falls under
Risk factors: 
– Risk factors refer to the primary community issues or community needs that space serves. 
The Needs of the space: 
– The needs of space refers to the space itself and the people within it. What do the people within the space itself need to feel like they are in a safe space?

Current Classifications of Space

Safe Space 1st is designed as an inclusive framework to be non- discriminating except for certain risk factors which will be defined in the Safe Space 1st framework. Our partnership with diverse groups is based on mutual respect to address the inclusive diverse needs. Safe Space 1sts classifications for types of space stems partly from Durham Regions’ Community Safety and Well Being Plan. Durham Region’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan outlines priority risk factors which the Safe Space 1st Program classifies as support spaces. These priority risk factors are:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  • Homelessness and Basic Needs
  • Criminal Involvement
  • Victimization
  • Social Isolation
  • Experiences of Racism

In addition to the priority risk factors outlined in Durham Regions Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, other classifications of space include:

  • Mobile Spaces
  • Public Spaces
  • Living Spaces
  • Recreational Spaces
  • Emergency Spaces
  • Online Spaces
  • Entertainment Spaces
  • Business Spaces