This article is written as part of a series of posts about the #DrinkLessEnjoyMore campaign
Take a look at some of the people who are working tirelessly to make sure that your night in Wrexham is a safe one.
Providing a reassuring presence, street pastors listen to and talk with people, provide information on local agencies and aim to discourage anti-social behaviour.
Practical help provided by street pastors include handing out blankets, giving flip flops to clubbers unable to walk home in their high heeled footwear, giving out water, chocolate or sweets for energy and ensuring the safety of anyone feeling vulnerable. Street pastors remove bottles and other potential weapons from the streets, in order to discourage violence and vandalism.
Hafan Y Dref is Wrexham’s Welfare Centre and is staffed by British Red Cross volunteers. It offers a safe place for people feeling vulnerable or unwell on a night out in town.
Michelle McBurnie is one of the British Red Cross support officers who works at the centre. The centre offers a triage-service and immediate first aid if you’re injured or suffering from too much to drink.The volunteers also offer emotional and practical support if you’re feeling vulnerable. What’s more, they don’t pass judgement. If you need help, they just help you. You can find the Welfare Centre in part of the toilet block at the bottom of Town Hill – opposite the nightclub called South. So it is easy to find.
Alex Jones owner of the Bank, Voodoo Moon and South
The Bank won the overall Best Bar Bone award. Best Bar None is a national scheme aimed at reducing alcohol related incidents and violence in the UK by raising the standards of licensed premises and building positive relationships with business regulators. Premises can achieve bronze, silver and gold awards.
The premises can display the Best Bar None award either outside or inside the premises which will then identify the licensees as responsible operators who value their customers and want to provide a safe night out.
Chris Harland and Stephanie Connelly at the Nags Head
The Nags Head won Best Pub in the Best Bar None Awards. In Wrexham 22 of the 28 licensed premises took part in the Best Bar None scheme.
Licensees and door supervisors have participated in training reminding them that it is illegal to serve to clearly drunk people and raising awareness of how vulnerable people can be, to becoming victims of theft or violence if they drink too much.
The Night Time Economy in Wrexham does not provide an environment which supports, encourages or allows drunken behaviour. North Wales Police are working hard to reduce alcohol related violence/sexual assaults and ensure everyone has a great, safe night out.
Door staff work with all the partners to ensure that Wrexham is a safe and enjoyable place to have a night out. The work closely with volunteers at the Welfare Centre and Street Pastors to help people who may have had too much to drink. They also help to enforce the law by not allowing people who are too drunk entry into licensed premises.
Wrexham Council has joined with North Wales Police, Public Health Wales, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), the Area Planning Board, Glyndwr University and Coleg Cambria to deliver the #DrinkLessEnjoyMore campaign. If you would like to read more about the campaign and how all of the partners are working together click here.
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