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.
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. Leeds City Council has re-launched 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.
We are one of many venues in Leeds that have joined 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 are 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 any individuals causing distress to leave the venue.
LBSU has 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.
We also have drink testing kits and drink covers available at both of our bars for anyone to use at their discretion. If you're visiting our venues and would feel safer making use of either of these items, head to the bar and ask for what you need and our bar staff will be able to provide it to you, free of charge.
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