Pop up safety hub success

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Hundreds of people benefitted from advice and support on Saturday night (17 March) as part of work to encourage safer nights out in the district.

Pop up safety hubs, which are run by The Canterbury Community Support Unit have been running for the last two years and are designed to give safety and community awareness messages directly to students and residents on nights out in the city centre.

On the night, more than 100 people received free goody bags and advice from the team which is made up of representatives from Canterbury City Council, Kent Police, The University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and Kent County Council.  

Student Community Support Officer, Sarah Osborn, said: “Those who we spoke to welcomed the advice and support especially in light of the freezing conditions. A number of the people who visited us had been drinking, so I hope that by being able to have those early conversations with them we would have raised awareness and reduced any risks.”

Canterbury recently received its fourth Purple Flag award since 2011 in recognition of the fact the city provides a vibrant mix of entertainment while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and its residents between the hours of 5pm and 5am.

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