A NEW safe space for those feeling vulnerable during a night out has opened in Leamington.
Located in the South Lodge on the Parade, the facility will be run by Warwick District Council’s community safety team, in partnership with Warwickshire Police, street marshals and pastors and Warwick University.
The initiative also has the support of key agencies in the town including BID Leamington and Pubwatch.
The provision of a safe space is one of several measures put in place by WDC and its partners in recent months to help to reassure night-time economy users about safety, with a particular focus on women and girls.
WDC’s safer communities spokesperson Coun Jim Sinnott said: “Everyone in our community should be able to enjoy a safe night out, free from harm. However, we know that there are circumstances when someone can find themselves in a vulnerable situation, often through no fault of their own. We hope that this new safe space will not only be somewhere to seek help if you find yourself in difficulties, but also a place to gain advice on prevention of drink spiking and other potential dangers.”
Faz Chishty, Chief Inspector at Warwickshire Police, added: “Leamington town centre attracts a lot of visitors due to its diverse range of venues and has the most thriving nightlife in the county. It is therefore crucial that visitors feel comfortable and secure while being able to take advantage of everything that the town has to offer.
“The establishment of a safe place will improve police capacity as a partnership to protect and assist our communities and is a most welcomed initiative. My message is simple if you’re out on a night out stay safe, and if you need help, please make use of the safe space’ as colleagues will be on hand to provide support.”
The safe space is open every Friday night from 10pm to 4am.