Students volunteer to keep town streets safe

STREET SAFE: Councillor Jonathon Davey, Derbyshire County Council Chairman Councillor Robin Baldry, with Street Safe Volunteers and Inspector Martin Coey. Photo contributed.
STREET SAFE: Councillor Jonathon Davey, Derbyshire County Council Chairman Councillor Robin Baldry, with Street Safe Volunteers and Inspector Martin Coey. Photo contributed.

A new Street Safe project to reduce anti-social behaviour is to be launched in Buxton town centre.

The initiative supported by Derbyshire Constabulary and the High Peak Community Safety Partnership, will see student volunteers from the University of Derby Students’ Union support police on regular nights out in the town

The volunteers will look to help reduce anti-social behaviour and levels of noise caused by people enjoying themselves on weeknights in the town centre and aim to make the town centre a safer place by being in constant communication with door staff, police officers and support workers.

One fundamental part of the project will be introducing designated Safe Spots in the town, where volunteers can take people for free drinking water and to call a friend or taxi, free of charge.

The Student Union’s Vice President: Welfare & Student Rights, Heather Morgan said: “This project is a brilliant opportunity for students to directly support one another whilst being active members of their community in Buxton.

“We really do hope that members of the community will embrace the good work which students are able to carry out whilst at University.”

After the initial 12 month period, the project aims could be expanded to include Home Safety, aiming to reduce the number of crimes committed against students and raise awareness of crime prevention.

• If you are interested in participating in Street Safe, then please contact Drew Walsh by email at drew.walsh@udsu.co.uk or by calling 01332 5894553.