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Tuesday March 19, 2019 Ask Angela

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A useful tip if you go to pubs etc.

The Licensing teams of Wiltshire and Swindon Councils alongside Wiltshire Police successfully launched the Ask Angela campaign last October enabling those who feel vulnerable in pubs and clubs to discreetly approach staff and request assistance in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Available at participating venues throughout the county, the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with a non-descript phrase they can use to gain assistance from staff members in order to be separated from the company of someone with whom they feel unsafe due to that person’s actions, words or behaviour.

The initiative was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council in 2016 and since then has received nationwide attention.

By “Asking for Angela”, an individual is alerting staff that they require help. They will be taken aside, or to a safer location, so they can speak in confidence to that staff member about what assistance they need. Options available to staff include: offering to call a taxi for the individual; contacting their friends or family; or requesting that an individual causing the distress leaves the venue.

The aim is to make people feel safe and enjoy their time across Swindon and Wiltshire’s pubs and bars however; there are times when an individual can be made to feel uneasy and not quite know how to remove themselves from a potential harmful situation. Popularity of dating apps means more people might find themselves in difficult situations.

The Ask for Angela campaign aims to make people feel safer in these situations. Wiltshire Council’s Licensing team are working with licensees to promote the scheme delivering the posters advertising the service to venues across the county. These will be placed in the toilets of establishments, so as to be discreet. 

A list of Wiltshire participating venues has been added to the WC web pages, this will be updated regularly.