A campaign to remind people to #StaySafe on a Christmas night out is running over the festive period.
CNI (Christian Nightlife Initiatives) Network, who support projects such as Street Angels and Club Angels, are posting various safety messages on social media to encourage those on nights out over the festive period to have a safe and fun evening.
The tips, collected from volunteers, include:
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.
Ladies - carry a pair of slip-on shoes in your handbag so that when your high heels are no longer comfortable you don't need to walk bare-foot.
Pick a venue right for you – if you feel out of place, leave! Most fights start over something minor – someone knock you, spill 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.
Paul Blakey MBE, the founder of Street Angels and CNI Network, says of the campaign, "At this time of year we meet many people who are not used to the dynamics of a town or city centre at night. Our teams of volunteers are on hand every weekend in 130 communities across the UK to help people have a safe and fun night out. We hope by publicising these safety tips that people will avoid needing our help."
Street Angels, who recently celebrated 11 successful years, are teams of volunteers who patrol night-time communities on Friday and Saturday nights. The volunteer teams offer flip-flops, first aid, safe place drop-in's and welfare to those who are or could become vulnerable.
More information on the #StaySafe campaign can be found at www.cninetwork.org/staysafe