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Nightsafe haven launched

PUBLISHED: 18:00 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:41 06 July 2010

Clubbers, holidaymakers and vulnerable people are being offered a night-time sanctuary in the form of a safe haven caravan.

The “Nightsafe Haven” caravan is being launched this bank holiday weekend as part of a collaborative project to provide a late-night space where anyone who may need help or first aid can go.

Clubbers, holidaymakers and vulnerable people are being offered a night-time sanctuary in the form of a safe haven caravan.

The “Nightsafe Haven” caravan is being launched this bank holiday weekend as part of a collaborative project to provide a late-night space where anyone who may need help or first aid can go.

The caravan will be launched in Yarmouth and situated in the car park to the left of the Marina Centre in Marine Parade, where people will be able to go if they want advice around drug or alcohol use and any other health information.

Health bosses at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney have pledged up to £25,000 to launch the pilot project, which will run on Friday and Saturday night from 11pm to 4am, with the aim of returning at Christmas.

Allison Chaplin, commissioning manager for substance misuse and sexual health at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “The aim of the project is to offer a place of safety and first aid to any individual in difficulty while out in Yarmouth.

“The Primary Care Trust has funded the project in the hope of reducing hospital admission rates related to alcohol use.

“We are also concerned about young people binge-drinking and making themselves vulnerable and at risk of theft or attack.”

The project supports the Nightsafe campaign which was set up five years ago in Yarmouth to tackle anti-social behaviour and violence in the night-time economy.

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