ScotRail Alliance funding secured for SafeBase

ScotRail Alliance funding secured for SafeBase

Falkirk Delivers have again been successful in receiving funding from ScotRail Alliance to complement the already existing Safer Streets initiative which will be running this festive period. The funding will supply branded Night Time Economy support packs of bottled water, flip flops and a foil space blanket to those in need.  It will allow the partners to engage with vulnerable people and offer opportunities to discuss positive behaviours, suggest referrals to relevant partners and to strengthen the effectiveness of the Safer Streets partnership, partners’ include; Falkirk Delivers, Falkirk Council, British Red Cross, Specialized Security, Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, Street Pastors Falkirk, Signpost Recovery and ScotRail Alliance. The new partnership continues, after ScotRail Alliance joined the partnership in 2015, and the SafeZone area was extended to include Grahamston Station. The volunteers who patrol the town centre between 10pm and 4am on key nights throughout the year have found members of the public awaiting transport in the early hours of the morning. The support from ScotRail Alliance has allowed this area to be included again this year, and the volunteers’ will continue to assist those in need.

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In the Falkirk Business Improvement District’s (BID) ‘It’s Friendlier in Falkirk’ objective, Falkirk Delivers with its partners have successfully introduced award winning initiatives such as; Taxi Marshals and the innovative Safer Streets project, both of which have been developed over 9 years. Through a strong partnership of dedicated organisations and passionate volunteers, our projects are targeted at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as improving the perception of the night-time economy and ensuring that users get home safely after their night out in Falkirk town centre.  The project contributes to making Falkirk safer for people to walk around the town centre after dark by keeping them free from harm and injury and giving them the opportunity to discuss issues such as drug and alcohol abuse or mental health. All of this helps make the town a friendly and a safer community where people want live, work and visit and businesses want to locate and invest.

For more information please contact the BID Office, info@falkirkdelivers.com or 01324 611293

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