Wigan Council boosts efforts to ensure everyone has a safe night out

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Safety of Women at Night
Safety of Women at Night

Wigan Council is set to continue its Safety of Women at Night scheme aimed at ensuring everyone can feel safe during a night out.

The Safety of Women at Night scheme was launched after the council received £273,000 in funding from the Home Office. The innovative scheme resulted in a range of interventions including the introduction of safety marshals in Wigan, Atherton and Leigh town centres, free training for bars and clubs, and the establishment of 34 ‘safe places’ which offer help to anyone who is anxious, scared or at risk.

This success has led to some of the initiatives being extended up to the end of March 2023 thanks to additional funding from Place and Community Partnership Board. Highly visible safety marshals will continue patrolling popular night spots every weekend and the council’s Safe Places initiative will continue to expand.

The launch of the scheme at the end of 2021 was coupled with a major marketing campaign aimed at boosting public awareness of safety on nights out, changing the attitudes of men and boys and providing advice on how to report unacceptable behaviour.

Wigan Council will continue to offer that advice online through the recently launched Safety at Night web page

The safety marshals will operate every weekend in Wigan, Leigh and Atherton Town Centres.