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Source: City of Sheffield

The ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign, which supports safe dating and tackles sexual harassment in pubs, bars and clubs, launches its new promo film today.

The film, presented by staff from a number of city centre venues, highlights how people out at night are encouraged to discreetly ask for help from bar staff by going up to the bar and asking for Angela if they are feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. This might be whilst on a date or if they are getting unwanted attention.

It’s at this point bar staff take the right action because they are trained at participating ‘Ask for Angela’ venues on how best to offer the right kind of help. This might involve taking someone aside to speak in confidence, calling someone a taxi, contacting friends or family, asking the person causing distress to leave the venue, or calling the Police.

All pubs, clubs and bars are encouraged to take part and Sheffield Drug and Alcohol/Domestic Abuse Coordination Team (DACT) has recently run the third Ask for Angela training sessions to licensed premises, in conjunction with Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC) and a result the number of bars and clubs pledging their support for the scheme has risen from 35 to 43.

Alison Higgins, Domestic Abuse Strategic Manager at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is about keeping people safe discreetly and getting them out of a difficult situation quickly. This is particularly important with the rise of internet dating and dating apps. If something doesn’t feel right we encourage people to go to the bar and get the support they need.”

Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “Sheffield has a busy, thriving and safe night-time economy and we work closely with venues through our Best Bar None scheme. This campaign is a further way to help people when they’re out at night and we’re pleased to see so many venues signing up and getting their staff trained.”

All venues who have undertaken the training are required to provide their in house  ‘Ask for Angela’ policy and procedure and are provided with posters and window stickers that tells customers that the scheme operates in their venue.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ film is at https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=mEMxuA4bPes

The list of participating ‘Ask for Angela’ venues is at www.Sheffieldbestbarnone.com and venues who would like to join the scheme should email BBN@sheffield.gov.uk

Notes for editors:

List of participating ‘Ask for Angela’ venues:

  1. Revolucian de Cuba                      1 Mappin Street
  2. Pop World                                    2-8 Carver Street
  3. Tiger Works                                 136 West Street
  4. All Bar One                                  14-16 Leopold Street
  5. SHU Hubs                                    Paternoster Row
  6. Octogan                                       Glossop Road
  7. Bar One                                       Glossop Road
  8. Coffee Revolution                         Sheffield Students Union
  9. Foundry                                       Sheffield Students Union
  10. Interval Bar                                  Sheffield Students Union
  11. Frog and Parrot                             94 division street
  12. Devonshire                                   113-117 Devonshire street
  13. Common Room                             127-129 Devonshire street
  14. Riverside                                      1 Mowbey Street
  15. Forum                                          Devonshire street
  16. CHAMPS                                       255 Ecclesall road
  17. The York                                      243-247 Fulwood Road
  18. Corporation                                  Milton Street
  19. Bankers Draft                               1-3 Market Place
  20. Leadmill                                       6 Leadmill Road
  21. The Edge Bar                                34 Endcliffe Crescent
  22. Great escape                                2 St James House, Vicar Lane
  23. Showroom                                   15 Paternoster Row
  24. Bloo88                                        182 West Street
  25. Crystal                                        23 – 32 Carver Street
  26. House of Hugo                             23 – 32 Carver Street
  27. West Street Live                          128 West Street
  28. TANK                                          53-55 Arundel Gate
  29. Waterworks                                 2-12 Division St
  30. Benjamin Huntsman                     12-18 Cambridge St
  31. PRIDE Festival
  32. Maida Vale                                   88 West St
  33. Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel           Blonk St
  34. Queer Junction                             139 The Moor
  35. Sports Shack                                271 Ecclesall Road
  36. Sport Shack                                 12 Holme Lane
  37. Sports Shack                                706 Chesterfield Road
  38. Genting Casino                             St Pauls Place
  39. The Mulberry Bar                          6 Arundel Gate
  40. Stew & Oyster                              Green Lane
  41. Theatre Deli                                 202 Eyre Street

Photo: Ella from The Frog and Parrot.

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