COV SAFE Space – which aims to provide support for people out partying at night in Coventry city centre – returns for the third year in the run up to Christmas.
Several organisations have teamed together to run the after dark winter campaign from 10pm – 3am every Friday and Saturday. They include CSS Coventry Public Health, Licensing, Coventry Police, Arley Medical Services, St John The Baptist Church, Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) and the Street Pastors.
The service will be up-and-running from Friday December 6 at St John the Baptist Church in Spon Street.
The aim is to provide a safe space in the evenings during the run up to Christmas in the heart of the city, reaching out to students and anyone who may need a bit of safety and medical support or first-aid during a night out.
The safe space ran earlier this year to support Coventry University Welcome Week to help keep new students safe while enjoying the city nightlife.
Liz Gaulton, director of public health and wellbeing at Coventry City Council, said: “I am extremely proud that we are once again working alongside our partners to continue delivering this much needed support during this busy time of year. It is important that everyone feels safe when out in the city centre and to look out for one another.”
Cov Safe Space will run 10pm – 3am every Friday and Saturday night until Saturday December 21 at the church. Support services include first-aid by Arley Medical Services, water bottles, flip flops and blankets. Street Pastors will also be out and about as normal to provide support.
David Johns, Operations Director of Arley Medical Services, added: “Once again, we are really looking forward to working with our partners in Coventry to provide greater support, in addition to our Coventry Alcohol Response Ambulance (CARA) service.
“Cov Safe Space will ensure that people out enjoying the night time economy have a safe night out in the city by providing assistance if required, therefore reducing the pressures on the NHS at what will be a very busy time of year”.
Coventry City Council will be posting more about the service on their Twitter and Facebook page, in the weeks running up to Welcome Week, using the hashtag #CovSafe.