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Cov Safe Space returns for third year running

Published Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Cov Safe Space will be returning to the City Centre for the third year running to help keep people safe during the festive period.

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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 winter.

The service starts on 6 December 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 the run up to Christmas 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.

The safe space ran earlier this year to support Coventry University Welcome Week and help keep new students in the city stay safe while enjoying the 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 operate from 10pm until 3am every Friday and Saturday night in the run up to Christmas 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:

  • Friday 6 December 2019 (from 10pm- 3am)
  • Saturday 7 December 2019 (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Friday 13 December 2019 (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Saturday 14 December 2019 (from 10pm – 3am)
  • Friday 20 December 2019 (from 10pm- 3am)
  • Saturday 21 December 2019 (from 10pm – 3am)

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.

To show support on social media you can do so by following and posting with #CovSafe.

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