Going out this weekend? Planning a date? As well as thinking about what to wear, make sure you also take some time to consider the venue.
It’s important that you feel safe when out and about, that’s why various pubs and bars across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are taking part in the "Ask for Angela" initiative, which provides assistance should you find yourself in a difficult or intimidating situation.
So, if you don’t feel safe, if your date isn’t who they said they were, or if things just don’t feel quite right, go to the bar and ask for Angela.
Staff at participating venues have been trained to recognise the discrete safe word, ‘Angela’, alerting them to a problem. The member of staff can then offer to call a taxi for you, provide a safe place for you to contact a friend, or help you to leave the venue if you are feeling unsafe due to someone else’s actions, words or behaviour.
Venues currently part of the initiative can be found listed by locality, below:
For businesses looking to take part in the scheme, please contact your local authority's Community Safety Team who will be able to provide you with the resources and information you need to join.