Street and Club Angels will be out and about in one hundred and thirty towns across the UK offering flip-flops, lollipops, first aid assistance and bottles of water. Several projects are also running additional services to meet the Christmas demand including safe place drop-in's, A&E staff joining the teams on patrol and multi-agency mobile support units.
Founder of Street Angels - Christian Nightlife Initiatives (CNI) Network, Paul Blakey MBE, comments, "Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for our volunteer teams and we often meet people not used to town and city centres at night. Our teams, who work brilliantly throughout the year, will be out and about in force to ensure that people have a safe and fun night."
To help people have a safe and fun night out we offer the following advice:
- Plenty sense. Plenty water. Plenty friends. Never leave your drinks around.
- Always stay with your friends, don’t go off alone, have their contact information on you somewhere other than your phone and over a big dinner beforehand try to think about your drinking limits for the night and stick to them!
- Always eat before a night out – never drink on an empty stomach.
- Know your drink and know your limit. Know what you are drinking so you can know how much you have had. This will also help you and your friends know if you have been spiked because you have kept account of your alcohol intake.
- Keep your taxi money in another part of your handbag/wallet so you don’t spend it. Always sit in the back of a taxi if you’re travelling by yourself.
- Pick a venue right for you – if you feel out of place, leave! Most fights start over something minor – if someone knocks you or spills your drink – apologise! Don’t get involved in breaking up a fight – that’s the job of the door-staff! Someone pestering you – try and ignore them and if that doesn't work ask the bar or door staff to help you. Look out for your friends – make sure they are safe.
Photos: Street Angels Leeds on patrol Mad Friday 2014: