NEAS venture aimed at keeping evening city-goers safe to star in new Channel 5 programme
Newcastle's "Safe Haven" gets national exposure
A mobile unit in Newcastle which offers a "port-in-a-storm" for
night-time visitors to the city is to feature in a Channel Five
programme on Monday 7th April.
The Safe Haven, at The Cloth Market, is manned by staff from the
North East Ambulance Service, with the help of St John
Anyone who feels unwell or suffers an injury during a night out
can pop in and receive medical attention.
The Safe Haven also provides a destination for revellers to seek
other forms of help and advice.
The Channel Five programme is called "Closing Time", and has
been made by Leeds-based company True North Television. It tells
the story of how big cities change in the evening, as day-time
workers go home, and the night-time economy sparks into life.
NEAS Emergency Care Support Worker Craig Stott, who features in
the programme, said: "I love working at the Safe Haven. Everyone
knows that Newcastle is a vibrant place in the evening, and we get
to meet all sorts of people on a Friday and Saturday night.
"We can help everyone from a person who has had one too many to
drink, to someone who has sprained their ankle on the cobbles while
wearing high-heels. It's a great feeling to be able to help
someone, who without the Safe Haven could have found themselves in
a very vulnerable situation."
The idea for the Safe Haven came from Northumbria Police and
Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, who has been looking at ways to
improve safety in the city centre.
Since then the Commissioner has a launched a door staff training
scheme which is now delivered nationally.
VeraBaird said "Newcastle has a vibrant and lively nightlife and I
am really pleased that this partnership approach is helping to keep
people visiting the city safe. Police officers, door staff and
Street Pastors have all completed the vulnerability training course
so they can spot the signs of when someone may need extra
assistance and help."
Andrew Trotter, District Manager with St John Ambulance, said:
'We are always pleased to work in partnership with other agencies
to ensure the safety of the public. Having this Safe Haven
mobile treatment unit means people have access to help, support and
treatment quickly. We have a team of highly trained first
aiders who volunteer their services to support anyone who requires
"This is a vital service for vulnerable people in the city cntre
who may become unwell, hurt, are suffering from the effects of
alcohol or who have welfare issues. "
Julie Beanland, Series Producer for True North Television, said:
"The series will show a different side to the night time culture in
our towns and cities. Yes, there are some people who've had one too
many, but the majority of people are out to have a good time and a
laugh with each other.
"In Newcastle we met some brilliant characters, from cabbies to
doormen, paramedics to takeaway owners, who all have an important
part to play in making the night go well."