Cov Safe Space will be returning to the City Centre once again this year, but for the first time to help keep students safe during Welcome Week.
Coventry Public Health, Licensing, Coventry Police, Arley Medical Services, St John The Baptist Church, Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) and the Street Pastors have teamed up to bring the Cov Safe Space campaign to the city this autumn.
The service starts on 15 September and will be available at St John the Baptist Church, at the bottom of Spon Street. It is about partners providing a safe space in the evenings during Welcome Week in the heart of the city at one of the busiest times of the year. They will be working together to reach out to students and others who may need a bit of safety and medical support or first aid during a night out.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said: “I am extremely proud that, we are extending the delivery of the Cov Safe Space service to new coming Coventry University students, alongside our partners.
“It is once again a great opportunity for us to work together to provide much needed support during a very busy time. It is important that everyone feels safe when out in the city centre and look out for one another.”
The safe space will operate from 10pm until 3am every night during Welcome Week at the church and will provide a range of support services. This will include a first aid service provided by Arley Medical Services, water bottles, flip flops, blankets. Street Pastors will also be out and about as normal to provide support.
The service will run on the following days at the following hours:
David Johns, Operations Director of Arley Medical Services, added: “Once again, we are really looking forward to working with our partners in Coventry this Welcome Week to provide greater support, in addition to our Coventry Alcohol Response Ambulance (CARA) service.
“The 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.
To show support on social media you can do so by following and posting with #CovSafe.