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Friday December 15th 2017

Welfare hub for Christmas revellers

On 22, 23 and 31 December, a welfare hub manned by police officers, street pastors and medics will be set up at Barkers Pool, to help keep partygoers and vulnerable people safe during the Christmas party season.

Sheffield BID has funded two medics as part of a commitment to make Sheffield city centre a safer place. Provided by Lincs Medical Services, the medics will be expecting to deal with minor injuries, over intoxication and the effects of legal highs.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “This is an incredibly busy time of the year for pubs and bars in Sheffield city centre, as people enjoy their Christmas celebrations. We want to help support businesses in the night time economy by providing a service that will ease the pressure on security and bar staff, who often have to deal with alcohol fuelled incidents.”

The aim is to create a safe haven for people who become vulnerable on their nights out, by offering a number of services through the welfare hub. The Sheffield BID funded medics will be on hand assist in triage and treating people that either need medical attention or who are vulnerable due to intoxication. They will be joined by police officers, PCSOs and street pastors, who will be able to help with any issues that may arise.

Sgt Matt Burdett, Sheffield BID’s dedicated police sergeant, said: “These are the biggest nights of the year for the city centre, and the NHS. The NHS will be working at capacity at these peak demand times, and the provision of medics in the city centre not only looks after the visitors to Sheffield’s night time economy, but also supports clubs and bars in supporting those people in need.”

As part of the BID’s commitment to supporting a safer night time environment, Sheffield BID ambassadors work extended shifts Friday to Saturday, from 2pm until 10pm, to help support businesses within the night time economy.

The welfare hub will be at Barkers Pool between 11pm and 5am from 22 – 23 December and 31 December (New Year’s Eve).

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