Ask An­gela scheme hits ma­jor mile­stone

Hinckley Times - - TRAVEL TIMES -

THE Ask for An­gela scheme has reached a mile­stone of be­ing im­ple­mented into 150 venues across Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land, nine of which can be found across our Bor­ough.

The ini­tia­tive aims to pro­vide cus­tomers with a way to re­move them­selves from a dif­fi­cult or un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tion while on a date.

The achieve­ment comes more than nine months since the ini­tia­tive was first launched to co­in­cide with Valen­tine’s Day, with in­creased num­bers of pubs and bars hav­ing now signed up to the scheme.

Coun­cil­lor Ivan Ould, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity safety at Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil, said: “Ask for An­gela is a sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive scheme de­signed to pro­vide sup­port and re­as­sur­ance for mem­bers of the pub­lic if they are feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble or un­safe while out on a date.

“With the fes­tive pe­riod now upon us, it is a good time to re­mind peo­ple plan­ning to go out dur­ing this time to con­sider meet­ing at a venue run­ning the Ask for An­gela scheme to en­sure that sup­port is avail­able should a date not turn out as planned.”

By ask­ing for ‘An­gela’, an in­di­vid­ual is alert­ing staff that they re­quire help; which may be due to the ac­tions, words or be­hav­iour of the per­son they have met.

They will then be taken aside, or to a safer lo­ca­tion, so they can speak in con­fi­dence to that staff mem­ber about what as­sis­tance they need.

Across Hinck­ley and Bosworth, nine pubs and restau­rants have signed up to the scheme, in­clud­ing; The Blue Bell Inn, Des­ford, The Kase Ho­tel, The Union Inn, Black Horse, The Bounty Pub and Steamin Billy, Hinck­ley and The Red Lion and Sketch­ley Grange of Burbage.

Sergeant Leon Gam­ble, added: “It’s very pleas­ing to see that so many li­censes across Le­ices­ter­shire have adopted this scheme. We hope that, through the course of time, this will grow even larger.

“Any ini­tia­tive which helps make peo­ple feel safer is to be sup­ported.”

Es­tab­lish­ments across all Le­ices­ter­shire’s dis­tricts and bor­oughs in­clud­ing; Blaby, Charn­wood, Mel­ton, Hinck­ley and Bosworth and Oadby and Wigston have now signed up to the scheme, as well as venues in Rut­land.

Visit the web­site at www. le­ices­ter­shire.gov.uk/Ask­forAn­gela.

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