Alcohol education charity Drinkaware, in partnership with The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and Derbyshire Police, are launching a unique scheme which aims to keep young people safe whilst on a night out.
The Drinkaware Crew, already operating in twelve cities across the UK, are venue staff who are trained by Drinkaware to interact with clubbers and support people. Staff are easily recognisable and present throughout the night.
Customers report that the presence of Drinkaware Crew contributes to a positive night out whilst venue managers say that employing Drinkaware Crew has a positive effect on the safety and well-being of their customers, and enables other staff, including security and bar staff, to focus on their jobs.
Elaine Hindal, Drinkaware Chief Executive, said:
“Drinkaware has been working closely with our partners in Derby to bring Drinkaware Crew to the city.
“Drinkaware is committed to finding new and innovative ways of reducing the harms caused by alcohol and of helping to keep people safe on a night out, and we are delighted that the University of Derby Students Union is going to be running Drinkaware Crew.
“Building on its success in other parts of the UK, Drinkaware Crew in Derby will carry out a vital role in supporting vulnerable people whilst minimising the impact that drunken behaviour can have on the local night-time economy.”
Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“I want students in the county to have a great time while they are at University and that includes going for a night out with their friends. But we all know that sometimes one drink turns into one – or a few – too many and that can be dangerous. I’m confident, having seen the work they do elsewhere, that ‘The Crew’ will help to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm.
“We encourage people, especially students and young people, to drink responsibly. Supporting this scheme is a responsible way to help them do that.”
The Union of Students at the University of Derby has recently opted into the scheme, hiring students to be a part of the Drinkaware crew at their organised events.
Abby Wilson, Vice-president (Welfare) at the Union, said: “I’m really excited to introduce the Drinkaware crew here at the Union of Students. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for students to develop in these roles whilst keeping our students safe on the streets of Derby”