Worcester Safe Space Successfully Launches Over the Weekend
Worcester Safe Space was officially launched on December 15, adding yet another string to the night-time strategy’s bow.
Worcester is a city that takes safety seriously. Equipped with CCTV, a CityNet radio system, a newly developed Pub Watch scheme and having already been awarded the Purple Flag accreditation for two years running, the city has taken things to the next level with the introduction of a Safe Space. This unique initiative provides a non-judgmental, supportive haven for anyone in need of assistance during operation in the night-time hours.
Worcester BID leads the way with the city night-time strategy and Safe Space initiative, working in conjunction with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Worcester City Council, West Mercia Police, Worcester Street Pastors, Worcestershire County Council, Crowngate Shopping Centre, University of Worcester, RTN Medical, and Universal Display.
The Safe Space vehicle was also out in force this weekend on both Friday the 15th, and Saturday December 16th. The primary goal of this pioneering initiative is to make the city a safer place for everyone, and it did just that over the weekend.
The Safe Space vehicle offers a range of services designed to ensure a safe night out, including:
Mental health support
Drug and alcohol testing
Help finding a taxi
A secure space to wait
Security alarms and drink StopTopps
Emergency mobile phone charging
A change of clothes
Bottles of water
Worcester Safe Space is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the community. Over the course of the weekend the Safe Space vehicle was stationed at Worcester’s Cornmarket from 10pm to 1.30am before moving location to Angel Place where it will remain in place until 4am.
During its operation, the Safe Space supported the patrons of city centre businesses in enjoying a safe night out in the city by giving general assistance, first aid, and welfare support. On Friday night, the work of the team at Safe Space saved at least two ambulances from being called out, provided five counts of first aid and a further four counts of welfare support. On Saturday, a further ambulance callout was saved, and four counts of first aid were successfully given. Safe Space also assisted in phone charging, directions, train times, and handed out numerous bottles of water to those in need across both nights.
Richard Nash, Lead Medic at Safe Space said, “we are thrilled to have aided many visitors to the city centre through the Safe Space initiative. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, with members of the public and police alike expressing their gratitude.
Our team provided support to vulnerable individuals by providing warmth, water, and safe transport home. We also administered first aid treatment, charged mobile phones, and aided with directions to ensure safe journeys. The initiative proved to be a great success on its debut, and we're excited to continue providing support and welfare to those in need.”
Samantha McCarthy, Worcester BID CEO, said: “We take pride in the fact that we were able to help numerous individuals arrive home safely over the course of the weekend. In doing so, we were also able to contribute to the operations of the night-time economy and reduce the burden on our city's emergency services.”
The Safe Space will be active again every Friday and Saturday night throughout December, as well as on New Year's Eve, providing support and assistance from 10pm to 4am. We are looking forward to continuing our services to individuals in need and supporting our business community throughout 2024.
For more information on the Worcester Safe Space project, you can follow @safespaceworc on social media, and for more of Worcester BID's night-time economy initiatives, you can visit the website at www.worcesterbid.com.