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It's in a bid to keep revellers safe through the summer months.
Cumbria Police have launched a campaign that will run over the summer focusing on providing safety advice.
The campaign will run until the end of August and will cover a wide range of areas of personal safety.
As the summer holidays fast approach and social calendars fill up, police want to encourage the public to take simple steps to enjoy a safe summer.
The Constabulary's social media platforms will publish videos offering practical safety advice. Also highlighted will be how police work with partner agencies and valuable schemes, such as Ask for Angela and Street Angels, to help keep people safe.
The Constabulary will also want to hear views and ideas from the public around how to keep safe when on a night out or at festivals. Social media polls will run over the next two months to gain this insight.
Ahead of the county's biggest music festival, Kendal Calling, a Geofilter will be available to revellers. Further festival-specific advice will be issued in the build-up and during the event.
The campaign will also include a free prize draw, ran on the Cumbria Police Facebook account, focused on public safety advice.
Superintendent Justin Bibby said:
"Cumbria is one of the safest places in the UK to live and visit which is something we are very proud of. Running campaigns like this are so important to raise awareness and spark conversations.
"Personal safety is vital and should be a natural consideration as part of any plan. Small steps can make a big difference. Some of the advice we provide might seem like common sense, but it can be easy to forget something important when you're having a great time.
"This is advice and not a guarantee, but making sure you make yourself as safe as you can with little effort will mean you are not as vulnerable. Share these measures with your friends and family, look out for each other and talk about personal safety and your plans."
Whether it is online, at an event like an agricultural show or festival, out on nights out or on a date, there are steps everyone can take to improve their personal safety. They include:
· Plan your day/night out including how to get home
· If you are meeting someone for the first time, please make sure it is in a public place. Always have an exit strategy to get out of a situation if you are uncomfortable (consider checking if a pub/bar has the Ask for Angela scheme before arranging where to meet someone for the first time)
· If you are out alone, tell friends and family where you will be and update them if your plans change
· Make sure you stay with your friends. If you become separated, pre-arrange a meeting place at the end of the night - look out for each other
· Take your mobile phone with you and make sure it is charged
· Be sensible about how much alcohol you drink and pace yourself - a drunk person is much more vulnerable and a far easier target for criminals
· Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, hot temperatures and alcohol can leave you dehydrated and requiring medical attention
· Watch your drinks - do not give anyone the opportunity to alter them with other substances. If you leave a drink unattended then do not go back to it
· Think about what you have had to drink - If you feel very drunk or unwell after just a small amount then ask a trusted friend or a member of the club / pub management for help
· Do not take drugs or New Psychoactive Substances
· Make sure you have enough money left at the end of the night to pay for your journey home
· Only take the personal items with you that you need, and keep valuables out of site
· Never engage in violence, one punch can kill. If a situation starts to escalate walk away, find a staff member for support or contact the police.
Those working in the night time economy contribute to a fun, lively environment, and no two nights in their town or city are ever the same. Along with this, however, those on the frontline also regularly have to deal with situations involving vulnerable people. From alcohol-related illness to safety concerns, staff in licensed premises need to have their eye on the ball at all times.
To help you provide a safe drinking environment for all, Jo Cox-Brown, Director of Night Time Economy Solutions provides her top tips on dealing with vulnerable people.
Safely tackling vulnerabilities
At Night Time Economy Solutions we work regularly with licensed premises and the emergency services to improve safety and help create an environment that’s social and enjoyable for all. Below we’ve listed the vulnerability issues licensed premises deal with most often, together with effective ways to handle them.
1) Drunk people trying to enter your venue
All staff should recognise signs of drunk behaviour, so ensure training is given to anyone needing it. A drunk person should never be allowed entry to your premises, not only because serving them is illegal and could you land you a fine of up to £20,000, but because it’s irresponsible and unsafe.
Instead, offer to call them a taxi or ask if a friend can bring them home. Letting them wait while their transport arrives and providing water and some simple food will help them sober up and this show of kindness can also help relieve their embarrassment over being refused entry. Remain friendly and calm at all times, explaining the risk of a fine or venue closure if you were to grant access.
2) Vulnerable people leaving your premises
If there is a lone person leaving your venue, check in with them by asking how they are, where their friends are and how they’re getting home. This can be enough to tell you whether or not they need additional help and if they are safe on their own. If they do need help, talk to them to create a safe plan to get home, partnering with other agencies if needed such as a licensed taxi company.
If you see someone leaving your venue with a different person than they came in with, approach them and ask if they are ok. Don’t be afraid to check if they know the person they are leaving with and if their friends know where they are going. Look out for signs of intoxication or date rape drugs and assess their ability to hold a conversation. If you discover they don’t know the person or suspect they’ve been spiked, engage them in a separate conversation and clearly state you’ll remain with them until they’re reunited with their friends. If the situation escalates, contact the police.
3) Lost or stolen property
Losing personal items, particularly a wallet or house keys can be very distressing. Help the person remain calm as they search for their belongings. Escort them around the venue if necessary, and if they can’t locate their things, support them to get home safely by offering them use of a phone or engaging a voluntary group such as Street Angels to help them. Don’t let them wander off alone without a phone or money for transport.
4) Anger or aggression
If a customer becomes angry, for whatever reason, display non-threatening body language such as having your hands loosely by your side with palms forward, stand back to give the customer space and use a calm voice to try and deescalate the situation. Don’t attempt to manage it alone, and always keep your safety and the safety of other-staff paramount. In some instances, it may help if a staff member who would be considered unthreatening offers an incentive to leave, such as a free drink next time the customer comes in.
In any instance of aggression, always utilise services available to you like the police or appropriate volunteers, who can support with looking after the customer until he or she is calm and sober.
5) Distress, illness or upset
Our instincts when faced with sickness or upset are often to either turn away or rush straight in. However, it’s best to step back and assess first, and always ask the person’s permission before doing anything – whether that’s collecting their things or holding their hair as they vomit.
Letting them leave the premises alone will make them vulnerable to predators, so try and establish who the best person is to care for them – whether that’s their friends within your venue or a voluntary service like Street Angels.
In the case of severe illness or unconsciousness, call an ambulance immediately and stay with the person at all times. If they are conscious, encourage them to sit up and give them something suitable to vomit in if needed. If they are unconscious, put them in the recovery position and monitor their breathing and body temperature. Talk to the person but never try to force them into consciousness by pouring cold water over them as the shock and sudden temperature change can be very dangerous.
Also ensure all staff members understand signs of alcohol poisoning, which are:
● Hyperthermia or low body temperature
● Being conscious but unresponsive
● Irregular breathing
● Poor coordination
● Fainting or passing out
If you suspect alcohol poisoning or are concerned about symptoms someone is displaying, always dial 999.
As well as following the above five points for safe drinking practice, it’s also essential to keep in mind the following when involved in a situation:
Protect your own safety
Work alongside another staff member to help a customer, as alone you are vulnerable too. Always keep firm boundaries in place and never offer lifts home or do anything that could put your own safety at risk.
Intoxicated people can be volatile, have lowered inhibitions and can have hazy memories the next day, all of which can put you at risk of danger or accusation.
Make use of CCTV and radio communications.
By communicating with other venues, you can arrange joint monitoring of lone, vulnerable or aggressive people to improve their safety and that of others. We recently asked CCTV to monitor a lone woman from a venue back to her hotel, which is something that can be easily arranged thanks to most town and city centres having excellent CCTV networks.
Work with other agencies
It’s your responsibility to ensure any vulnerable patrons leave your venue safely, and there are other agencies who can support you.
● Creating a link with a local taxi company who are happy to pick up those at risk of being vulnerable.
● Connecting with volunteer organisations such as Street Pastors and Street Angels. They can offer invaluable help to those who find themselves vulnerable in the night time economy. Groups like these can support people in various ways as they exit your venue into the city at large.
● If someone genuinely can’t get home and there are no volunteers available, work with your local policing team to see if they can help, even by letting the person spend a few hours waiting at the local station’s front counter until they can be picked up or make their way home safely.
Working with other agencies can remove some of the worry of dealing with vulnerable people, as well as helping your whole town or city’s night time economy be as safe, fun and prosperous as possible.
Make it official
It’s important that all staff feel confident in practically dealing with vulnerability, as scenarios covered in this guide are liable to crop up regularly. However, practical knowledge must be accompanied by an airtight Vulnerable Persons Policy, together with staff training. We’ll cover how to create and implement this in our next article!
If you have any questions relating to your licensed premises, you can contact Jo or Sylvia at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to support.
A big thanks to Police Sergeant Mike Urwin and Paul Blakey from Street Angels (CNI) for sharing their tips and recommendations for supporting vulnerable people in the night time economy.
#FaithAndPoliceTogether Conference – update by Project Lead – Marie Reavey:
19th June saw the #FaithAndPoliceTogether conference take place at the College of Policing. The day was a great success and challenged delegates to consider how they engage with their local faith communities. 91 delegates attended from across the country with a wide range of ranks and roles within policing represented. The aim of the day was to encourage police to routinely engage with the faith communities, not just when emergency disaster relief situations occur; and to help broaden thinking about the potential for faith communities to contribute towards social cohesion. The conference Highlighted the power and potential social capital within Faith communities in helping to reduce policing demand through prevention, intervention and problem solving.
The conference was opened by CPA President Deputy Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Paul Netherton, who urged everyone not to be afraid of political correctness and to seek out faith communities to help policing priorities. Paul also reminded delegates about the power of a cup of tea and a biscuit! Paul was followed by DCC Nav Malik who shared his experiences as a Muslim officer and encouraged those of faith to go to their places of worship in uniform. He also reminded us of the opportunities for engagement and how this helps to build legitimacy. Some of the challenges, including intrafaith division were also discussed.
We had some inspirational speakers giving a flavour of some of what our faith communities can do to assist the police. Debra Green OBE from Redeeming Our Communities talked about the impact of mentoring, youth clubs, and befriending schemes, Rev Clyde Thomas shared his story of how the church had supported him when he came out of prison and had nowhere else to go and helped him from a life of homelessness, addiction and crime to Director of Hope Centre Ministries UK and senior pastor at Victory Church, Cwmbran who run a Hope Centre and Phase 3 Supported housing and are one of many faith based organisations tackling addiction. He reminded us all that there is hope for everyone and that we must never underestimate the power of story.
Ben Lindsay founder of Power the Fight, a charity that is equipping and empowering communities to tackle Serious Youth Violence, talked about some of the positive and significant ways our faith communities can make a real difference in tacking serious youth violence in our nation. Melissa Llewellyn and Rehana Faisal from Faiths Against Child Sexual Exploitation (FACES) gave an insight in how Muslim and Christian leaders in Luton have come together to equip faith communities across the country to tackle CSE.
Delegates were asked to utilise their faith based staff support networks to help engage their faith communities but not to rely on them to be the only contact. Everyone was urged to attend a prayer meeting if invited and to build effective relationships.
#FaithAndPoliceTogether will work if each person who attended the conference takes it back to their local Force area and looks to implement it. We are really hoping and praying that this does happen.
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Angels who are taking to the streets of Newquay to keep party-goers safe, Pirans Angels will be taking to the streets to help the drunk and vulnerable from Friday
A team of volunteers who will be taking to the streets of Newquay to help drunk and vulnerable people will free up valuable police resources to tackle major crime.
Wednesday (June 12) saw the launch event of Pirans Angels, a group who will meet with people on the streets, at festivals, on beaches or at recreational areas offering help and assistance where they can.
Pirans Angels are birthed out of the Newquay Street Pastors who wound down in February this year and will be armed with flip-flops, space blankets, basic first aid, bottles of water and lollipops to help keep party-goers safe.
Pirans Angels held a ‘soft launch’ at Tunes in the Dunes and will be out and about on the streets of Newquay from Friday (June 14).
Founder Debbie Anderson-Jones said: “The street pastors were part of a national initiative whereas we are more local. Our t-shirts and literature are all printed in Newquay.
“Our team were all street pastors and we are an independent body and here to serve the community.”
Attending the launch event at New Creation Church was police inspector Dave Meredith who said that organisations such as Pirans Angels provide vital assistance for the police.
He said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder, we support them and they support us and we work for the common good of looking after vulnerable people.
“It’s great for us and the volunteers work as a support service. If they are on hand to look after a person who is drunk and unconscious it frees up police resources to deal with other ongoing demands such as assaults and drink drivers.”
Although Pirans Angels have volunteers from a number of different churches around the Newquay area, Debbie and her team are keen to stress that they are always on the lookout for new volunteers, whether religious people or not.
Pirans Angels currently has 10 volunteers but anybody aged over 18 who wants to get involved can contact Debbie on 07486563420.
Also involved is Debbie’s husband Simon.
He said: “Some people come here and get so drunk and we don’t want them to become a statistic. We don’t judge people and are there to help people, both tourists and locals, to get home or to their hotel safe.
“We’re in the heart of the community and aren’t here to criticise anyone, only help.”
Pirans Angels are also on Facebook and Twitter.
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Brave Ibrahim Yousaf has been presented with a British Citizen Youth Award after being nominated earlier this year.
Due to his ill health, Ibrahim has been presented with his Medal, before the event at Parliament in October, at his school, The Hathershaw College.
Presenting Ibrahim with his prestigious honour was The Mayor of Oldham, also present was Mr McEntee, Ibrahim’s headteacher and Reece Ryan BCAc, Head of Ambassador Programme at the BCyA.
The young man from Oldham, Greater Manchester has been recognised for his tireless efforts to raise money for good causes, despite facing many health issues of his own.
Ibrahim has been selected to receive one of only 30 BCyA medals this year in recognition of his fundraising and awareness campaigns.
Ibrahim, aged 13, has suffered from health issues from a very young age and in the last year, his condition has become even more challenging.
He is on daily medication and under the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for his ongoing treatment.
Despite this, Ibrahim has been trying to live a normal life and has been selflessly helping others by taking part in various fundraising events.
For nearly 12 months, Ibrahim has been helping 10 charities within his local community. He used social media and donated all his free time to help charities such as RMCH, Maggie’s, Dr Kershaw’s Oldham Foodbank, Oldham Street Angels and Spoons.
Not just content with raising awareness, Ibrahim has raised over £4,000 to help these charities.
Ibrahim’s proud mum said, “We are so proud of Ibrahim, it is a wonderful honour to see his fundraising recognised in this way, we are grateful to BCyA for breaking with tradition and allowing a medal to be presented outside of the Palace of Westminster. Ibrahim is not well enough to travel very far, so this is really a special day for him”.
The British Citizen Youth Award in association with Specsavers recognises the extraordinary contributions made by young people to society, charities and communities.
Specsavers sponsored the inaugural British Citizen Youth Award in 2016 and is proud to continue to help champion amazing young role models.
Dame Mary, Co-Founder of Specsavers and Patron of the British Citizen Youth Award, says, “Ibrahim’s story is so inspiring; his dedication to raising money for charity while facing significant challenges of his own makes him a very worthy recipient of this award and a fantastic role model for his peers.”
Nominations for this year’s British Citizen Youth Award are now open for all children who will be under the age of 18 in October 2019.
Those selected will be invited to receive their medal at a presentation being held at the Palace of Westminster this October.
The British Embassy Madrid and British Consulate in Palma have launched a new campaign encouraging young British holidaymakers to “Stick with your Mates”, as part of an FCO global campaign on youth safety.
The communications campaign is part of a wider effort to work with local authorities, charities like Street Angels and 24/7, and influencers to encourage young tourists to look out for each other.
Building on previous campaigns aimed at young tourists, in particular those visiting popular resorts such as Magaluf and San Antonio, the campaign focuses on how looking after each other and staying with your friends can help young people avoid accidents and serious injuries on holiday.
Research carried out last year shows that the vast majority of fatal incidents and hospitalisations happen when people are on their own, having been separated from their friends.
The content features short videos and digital images that will be targeted at young people visiting the islands through Instagram and Facebook. Partners are encouraged to share the content at (facebook.com/stickwithyourmates and @travelaware) and use the hashtag. Since the launch last week, one of the videos has already been viewed more than 257,000 times on Facebook and over 143,000 times on Instagram:
Consul General Lloyd Milen said: “The Balearics are a great destination where young people can have a fantastic holiday. The objective of the campaign, following several fatal balcony falls in the Balearics last summer and, sadly, one already this year, is focused on trying to prevent such accidents happening again and to reduce the number of hospitalisations. Our campaign is about providing some simple tips and advice to make sure everyone visiting the islands has a holiday to remember, rather than one they will want to forget.”
Georgia Hague, who features in some of the videos and who has her own campaign “Don’t Leave a Friend Behind” on the island of Mallorca, has a very personal reason for supporting Stick with your Mates after losing a friend who fell from a building in Magaluf. Georgia said: “You can’t stop people drinking, but you can stop a friend making a bad decision. I see people in all sorts of trouble every night – lost on the strip, having drunk too much – which could have been avoided if they’d just stuck with their mates.”
The Vice-President and Councillor for Innovation, Research and Tourism for the Government of the Balearics, Bel Busquets, welcomed the campaign initiated by the Consulate: “From the Government of the Balearic Islands, we want our visitors to have a good time on the islands and that they can return home safe and sound, and with good memories to share with family and friends. For that to happen, we have to work together.
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