The “Ask for Angela” scheme in Northern Ireland
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More than 100 hospitality venues recognise the Ask for Angela scheme in Northern Ireland
Our client, Hospitality Ulster, has helped to spearhead the Ask for Angela scheme in Northern Ireland.
Hospitality Ulster and the PSNI have worked with licensed venues and security staff across Northern Ireland to help keep people safe while enjoying a night out. This is achieved by the introduction of the Ask for Angela scheme.
“Everyone should be free to meet and enjoy what our (hospitality) industry has to offer without concern for their safety, and we will continue as an industry in our efforts to ensure this is the case,” said Joel Neill, Operations Director of Hospitality Ulster.
How does Ask for Angela work?
Venues who have registered with the Scheme have received training.
Any person who feels unsafe, vulnerable or threatened can discreetly approach venue staff and asking for Angela. This code-phrase will indicate to staff that they require help, and a trained member of staff will then look to assist. This might be through reuniting the person with a friend, finding them a taxi or by calling for security or the police.
Registered Ask for Angela venues in Northern Ireland
This map shows the venues that have registered with the Scheme and received the appropriate training.
Registering your venue
If you own or manage a hospitality venue anywhere in Northern Ireland, we would encourage you to register with the Scheme. You can do so by registering your interest with Hospitality Ulster. Simply complete their web form and you will be granted access to full training resources that can be used to ensure your staff are informed, and prepared to act if someone approaches them to ‘Ask for Angela’.
The PSNI have published a useful toolkit of assets and resources to share and raise awareness of the Scheme.