A Hull charity are bringing a new dry bar to Hull city centre to help people stay sober on their nights out.
Hull Street Angels are launching a dry bar which will be portable, and are hoping to make it a mainstay at City of Culture events through the rest of the year.
The Street Angels help drinkers around Hull city centre by walking around Whitefriargate, Trinity Square and Humber Street. Now, the group, founded in 2012, will also be providing the service from a fixed location. It will allow drinkers or anybody who is intoxicated to become more sober with a coffee and a safe place to relax.
Nick Middleton, a Hull Street Angels trustee, said the group wanted a portable home to help people on nights out or at events in the city.
"We've got a great team of volunteers, many of which are NHS workers, work in mental health and carers, and they go out on Friday and Saturday nights to offer reassurance," he said.
"Whether it's rehydration or just talk to someone and have a coffee we try to help people along the streets.
"But we thought it was important now to get a permanent place where you can always approach us. We looked at a building, but it would be quite expensive, so will have something portable.
"It's a dry bar that can be moved and be at all sorts of events and be situated in the city centre on weekend nights."
Thanks to funding from City Health Care Partnership, the charity received £1000 to cover start up costs. Hull Street Angels Trinity also received support from Hull College Graphic Design Students and Umber Creative to develop the identity and functionality of the dry bar.
Mr Middleton says he hopes it will become part of people's evenings to use the dry bar if someone has had too much to drink.
He said: "It's not a first aid tent, it's somewhere where you can have a juice or a coffee and have a chat. We think it should be part of the culture as part of your night out.
"If your friend has had too many then you can bring here, you can have something to drink and relax.
"Our volunteers are very pro-active and help people to look after themselves. People can come to us, and we are very approachable. We aren't preaching about anything, just helping people.
"We would be based wherever is likely to be busy. For normal evenings we would probably be based in Trinity Square, in the centre near to the night life, but for certain events might be in Victoria Square or down Humber Street."
F&T Vending has also donated 1000 paper cups, and HEY Smile Foundation has offered free use of their gazebos and outdoor furniture for the dry bar.
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