What is a Safe Space?
A partnership scheme that aims to make the city safer at night.
They typically provide a combination of medical assessment, supervised recovery and planned, safe discharge home.
On average users who attend break down as follows: 55% due to intoxication, 21% with a medical condition, 16% are vulnerable and 13% as a result of drug use.
There are around 50 Safe Spaces in the UK and counting.
They can offset public sector costs by up to £9.31 per £1 invested.
Chester’s Safe Space
Our Safe Space will provide medical assessment, supervised recovery, listening and signposting, as well as a place to wait for friends or even just charge mobile phones.
It will be staffed by a paramedic, a member of security staff and volunteers.
The space will be a temporary unit situated at the junction of Foregate Street and Frodsham Street, near RBS bank.
It will be in operation from 10pm until 4.30am.
The unit is planned to be present most Saturday nights, with the intention to increase the nights of operation to support other busy nights.