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Creating Safe Spaces

London is a safe city, but too many women feel unsafe when travelling, working or going out at night. That’s why Paddington BID is making efforts to make hospitality venues aware of how they can help women who feel vulnerable in Paddington.

Ask for Angela is the name of a campaign that is used by licensed premises to keep people safe from sexual assault by using a codeword to identify when they are in danger or are in an uncomfortable situation.

When an establishment uses this program, a person who believes themselves to be in danger can ask for Angela, a fictitious member of the staff.

The staff will then help the person get home discreetly and safely by either escorting them to a different room, calling them a taxi and escorting them to it, or by asking the other party member to leave the establishment.

Paddington BID is talking to venues about the campaign as part of it’s Safer Spaces scheme and will be handing out posters to pubs, bars and other hospitality venues as they open up from April 12.

Download the Ask For Angela poster here.  

Download the Advice for staff poster here.

The Women’s Night Safety Charter is part of the Mayor’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative. For more information and to sign up click here. 

The BID also funds a 4 person Community Safety Team, officers patrol the area 5 days a week from 1130-2200. If you are in trouble or need help you can ring them during their working hours on 07776 256513 or 07775 751176.

For useful educational videos and information produced by the Metropolitan police Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) program click here.