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Innovative campaign ‘Ask for Angela’ launches in Cork City

Innovative campaign ‘Ask for Angela’ launches in Cork City

An innovative campaign enabling those who feel vulnerable in evening and night time economy businesses is being rolled out across Cork city centre, following successful trials in Waterford and the UK. It will soon be rolled out nationwide.

Available at participating bars and clubs throughout the city centre, the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to  provide 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 scheme is neither gender nor age specific.

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 or contacting their friends or family.

Cork VFI secretary, Michael O’ Donovan says, “We are really pleased to be launching the ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme in Cork. With the increase in online dating, we want to help create an extra feeling of security and offer a helping hand to those who may need it. The initiative was really well received in Waterford and the UK and we’re delighted with the co-operation around this locally. Experience in other areas has shown that it is not used that often but it is a comfort to customers to know that it is there. With our Purple Flag accreditation for a vibrant and well managed evening and night time economy, we are conscious of continually striving to implement initiatives like this. ”

The scheme has the backing of An Garda Siochana, Cork VFI, Cork City Council, Purple Flag and UCC and CIT student unions.

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