Wolverhampton’s popular late-night Safe Haven scheme will return to the
city centre this weekend, to help support the further reopening of the
Safe Haven, located outside Halifax bank in Queen Square, provides somewhere
safe and warm for people of all ages to wait for a licensed taxi after their
night out and receive assistance should they need it.
Haven staff will be on hand to help those who feel unwell, have become
separated from their friends or require a licensed vehicle to be called on
their behalf to ensure safe transportation home. Bottled water is also
available for visitors.
First aid assistance will be provided by St
John Ambulance to ensure that those in need can be treated quickly without
having to attend A&E.
Night guardians will also patrol the city
and engage with local pubs, bars and venues to help assist with the reduction
of night-time anti-social behaviour.
initiative is being delivered in partnership with City of Wolverhampton
Council, Wolverhampton BID (Business Improvement District) and West Midlands
Police. It will operate
on Friday, May 21 and Saturday 22, and Friday, May 28 and Saturday 29 (9.30pm -
2.30am). On May 21, the service will start a 30 minutes earlier at 9pm.
Councillor Phil Page, Chair of the Council’s
Licensing Committee, said: “We are delighted to see the return of the Safe
Haven. The scheme will provide reassurance to both
customers and licensed venues as we begin to welcome people back into the city.
“We know it’s both popular and valued by
those who use it and provides an exemplar model of the
city's partners working together.”
Cherry Shine, Wolverhampton BID Director,
said: “We are excited to see the reopening of the indoor hospitality sector and
know that working collectively will make a huge difference to those visiting
the city centre to enjoy their evening and nights out.
"The Safe Haven and Night Guardians will be
on hand to welcome people back and offer any assistance to our visitors and
venues. We are keen that as many people as possible enjoy a night out in
Wolverhampton and that we round off a fantastic evening by getting people home
Keasey, Chairman of Pubwatch, said: “We are pleased to see the Safe Haven and
Night Guardians return to support the evening and late-night economy.
of the service demonstrated that agencies and businesses working
collaboratively, sharing information and intelligence, and providing a visible
presence, creates a safe and welcoming environment for the many visitors to our
pubs, bars and clubs.”
The Safe Haven aims to reduce pressure on
the NHS and West Midlands Ambulance whilst freeing up police time, allowing
them to focus on responding to key incidents.
An initial trial of the Night Guardian
service in 2019 proved a huge success in supporting the night-time
entertainment scene and partners were keen to see the service reintroduced to
assist with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.