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LBSU Joins 'Ask For Angela' Safety Scheme

In light of recent events, it's never been clearer that more needs to be done to ensure that everyone feels safe in our city. Last week, Leeds City Council is re-launching the 'Ask For Angela' scheme across the city alongside Women Friendly Leeds and other participating partners & venues.

Poster of the new Ask For Angela campaign in the mirror of the bathroom at the City Hive

In light of recent events, it's never been clearer that more needs to be done to ensure that everyone feels safe in our city. Today, Leeds City Council is re-launching the 'Ask For Angela' scheme across the city alongside Women Friendly Leeds and other participating partners & venues.

'Ask For Angela' is a scheme designed to help reduce unwanted harassment and violence. Anyone can say the code word ‘Angela’ to staff at participating venues to signal that they are in an uncomfortable situation and would like assistance. Staff have been trained to help, they won’t judge and will aim to get people out of the situation without too much fuss.

Today we are one of many venues in Leeds joining the city-wide scheme, in order to create a map of safe venues and spaces across Leeds where you are able to obtain safe, secure & discreet help if you find yourself in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.

Our staff have been fully trained to provide assistance should you need it. Head to one of our bars at The Hive and ask for 'Angela', and our staff will know help is needed, such as providing a safe space for you, calling a taxi home, and asking the individual causing distress to leave the venue.

LBSU have a Zero Tolerance policy towards any kind of harassment and abuse, be it sexual, violent or verbal of any of our customers and staff. If you are subject to or witness any of this behaviour whilst attending our venues or events, please report it to a member of staff or security as soon as possible if you feel safe to do so. Appropriate action will be taken to ensure the safety of those targeted, and the individual responsible will be removed from the venue and/or held for the police.

Our Officer Team will be on campus next week during Alcohol Awareness Week giving away drink testing kits & covers to help combat the recent rise in spikings taking place in the UK.

We also want to inform you that there is currently a taxi driver shortage and that students have reported waiting for hours for one after a night out. When you know that you'll be back late, make sure that you have a back up plan if you can't get a taxi quickly. Maybe checking the timetable for the night bus or having a friend picking you up. 


For more information about 'Ask For Angela' and the participating venues you can seek help in throughout Leeds, visit www.womenfriendlyleeds.org ??

Stay safe, LBSU x

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