Code keeps you safe in pubs
Publicans in north Cork will be asked to roll out a safety campaign for customers.
Customers can use the codewords ‘Ask for Angela’ to alert staff, and the campaign has been successfully introduced into Cork city pubs and nightclubs.
It was originally launched in the Lincolnshire County Council area in England, in 2016, for people who feel unsafe, intimidated, or threatened while out socialising.
The campaign is for men and women of all ages and sexual orientation.
Using the code word provides people who feel at risk on a night out with a way to discreetly seek help or support by approaching bar or nightclub staff and asking for ‘Angela’.
Staff are trained to respond accordingly to ensure the person who approached them is separated from the person who made them feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
They accompany the person to a safe location, where they can discuss concerns and request more specific assistance.
Cllr June Murphy told a meeting of the Fermoy/Charl evil le municipal district council that she had been contacted by the Cork Sexual Violence Centre and asked if the council could promote the campaign in its area of influence.
“It has been a great success in the city and we should write our publicans, asking them to adopt it as well,” Cllr Murphy said.
Council officials agreed to offer their help.