Angels spread their wings to cover two Mad Fridays
Two Mad Friday nights this Christmas will see patrol projects such as Street Angels and Club Angels offering double the number of patrols.
Mad Friday, typically the last working day before Christmas, is a popular night for office Christmas parties and an opportunity to celebrate the end of the working year. This year, because Christmas Day is on a Monday, pubs and clubs are planning for Mad Friday on both 15 and 22 December.
As well as extra police and medical support, teams of Street Angels and Club Angels will be on hand in around 130 communities to help revellers have a fun and safe Mad Friday night out.
Founder of Street Angels and CEO of CNI (Christian Nightlife Initiatives) Network comments, "Our teams of volunteers do amazing work throughout the year, but Christmas is one of our busiest times. People who aren't familiar with town and city centres at night are out on office night's out and it is easy to become separated from your group or want to call it a night when others want to carry on.
"Our teams of Angels will be on hand and available to those who need support such as flip-flops, walking to the taxi, first aid or simply a friendly face to chat with."
The teams will also be offering SafeNightOut.party advice via social media and posters. The advice includes:
Ladies – carry a pair of slip-on shoes in your handbag so that when your high-heels are no longer comfortable you don't need to walk bare-foot.
Always stay with your friends, don’t go off alone, have their contact information on you somewhere other than your phone and over a big dinner beforehand try to think about your drinking limits for the night and stick to them!
Always eat before a night out – never drink on an empty stomach. Get a takeaway before you go home – don't start cooking once you get home especially in a chip pan!
Know what you are drinking so you can know how much you have had. This will also help you and your friends know if you have been spiked because you have kept account of your alcohol intake. Mix alcohol with soft drinks or water and don't leave your drink unattended.
Pick a venue right for you – if you feel out of place, leave! Most fights start over something minor – someone knocks you, spills your drink – apologise! Don’t get involved in breaking up a fight – that’s the job of the door-staff! Someone pestering you – try and ignore them and if that doesn’t work ask the bar or door staff to help you. Look out for your friends – make sure they are safe.
Keep your taxi money in another part of your handbag/wallet so you don’t spend it. Always sit in the back of a taxi if you’re travelling by yourself. Take a photo of your taxi drivers ID and text it to a friend.
For more information on the work of Street and Club Angels visit www.cninetwork.org.