Spotlight on the Edinburgh SafeZone bus
The Edinburgh SafeZone bus is parked opposite the Omni Centre on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm – 4am, just outside St Mary’s Cathedral.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, the SafeZone bus remains stationary and provides immediate support to those who need it providing valuable support to emergency services.
The volunteers help deal with minor first aid such as cuts and bruises and assisting those suffering from intoxication who are disorientated, helping victims of domestic or sexual abuse, persons suffering from mental health issues or anyone who finds themselves vulnerable.
It could be something as simple as someone having lost their friends or their phone and are just trying to get home, whatever the problem, the SafeZone staff are there to help.
The SafeZone project was set up in Edinburgh at the request of Police Scotland after success in Glasgow. Funding has been secured until March 2016, so the bus will a become familiar sight in Edinburgh.
In addition to the bus, there is a van/ambulance, also manned by volunteers that patrols the busy spots of central Edinburgh and actively seeks people who may need assistance. The roving van also responds to calls from ambulance and police control.
We think that Safezone is an excellent resource that must take pressure off the police and other emergency services during the busy weekend period. In the long run, this valuable service must save thousands of pounds to the health, fire and police services.
Please spread the word so people know this free service is available on Friday and Saturday nights and you could put the Safezone number in your phone, 07920 706 568, just in case you need it in the future.
Updated June 2015: The Edinburgh Safezone won the ‘999 hero’ award at the Evening News Locals Hero Awards.
SafeZone Edinburgh relies on funding from the NHS Scotland, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Edinburgh City Council, Community Safety Partnership and Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership.
The team of fantastic volunteers give up their weekends to be available to help those who find themselves vulnerable in the city centre, for many different reasons, not just alcohol. There is a team of over 30 volunteers, including qualified health professionals who give up their spare time to help.
If you’d like to know more or would like to volunteer, please contact frank @ workingonwheels.org
Phone 07902 706 568
A short video made by students at Queen Margaret University on the work of SafeZone.