Ask for Angela

Kirklees Council has united with National Pubwatch and local pubs, clubs and other licensed businesses in Kirklees to spread awareness of a campaign that helps to keep people safe while enjoying a night out.

The safety campaign, Ask for Angela, provides support to anyone who finds themselves in a difficult or intimidating situation, allowing them to discreetly ask for help.

Staff at venues operating the scheme will offer support without a fuss, which may include calling a taxi or helping the person to reunite with a friend or leave the premises. In more serious situations, they will call the Police.

The Student Union associated venues Five Bar, Revolution, The Cherry Tree, Camel Club, The Lord Wilson, Maverick’s 80s Lounge and Parish are amongst the Ask for Angela safety venues in Huddersfield Town Centre, with work ongoing by the partnership to encourage more venues to take up the pledge.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said, “With people returning to local bars and clubs following the pandemic, the increased use of dating Apps where first dates may not go well, and nationally reported spiking incidents on the news, more people might have concerns about their safety.

“Ask for Angela is a very simple, yet effective, scheme that helps support and reassure people if they are feeling vulnerable or threatened while on a night out. It ensures any person who feels unsafe in a venue, for whatever reason, can approach staff for assistance without making themselves more vulnerable.

“I’m pleased many venues in Kirklees are already supporting the campaign and would like to encourage venues who aren’t aware of ‘Ask for Angela’ to find out more as we continue to work together to keep our communities safe.”

Jordan Clark, General Manager of Five Bar in Huddersfield commented, “Five Bar will continue to support the Ask for Angela campaign. Hopefully a with collective effort across Kirklees we can clamp down on the national problem the country is facing with spiking. We want people to feel safe whilst inside our venue and will do whatever it takes to ensure that.”

Local venues supporting the campaign will display posters on their premises in discreet areas like bathrooms as well as on social media platforms so customers are aware they can use the scheme.

Originally launched in Lincolnshire in 2016, the national campaign is once again being pushed out across the UK in the wake of recent high-profile incidents on the national news.

Huddersfield Times

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