What is the Safer Streets Project?
Fylde Coast Women’s Aid is currently involved in a very exciting Safer Streets Project. The project
is commissioned by Blackpool Council and funded by the UK Home Office, with an aim to make the streets safer, particularly for Women and Girls in public spaces.
The project aims to;
1. Promote the councils #ItStopsHere Campaign which highlights a zero tolerance approach to Violence Against Women & Girls.
2. Educate everyone about the impact of VAWG and how to effectively challenge and change the underying societal norms and beliefs which contribute to sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse.
3. To encourage women and girls to feel safer in all aspects of their socialising, attending events, night-time economy, in work, in schools, on public transport and in their own communities.
4. To encourage all to be mindful of their presence, their actions and intentions, to encourage reporting of incidents and to know where to find support.
The campaign is key in encouraging the feelings of safety for women and girls to show that their safety is a priority and any infringements on that safety will be taken seriously.
If you would like to anonymously report your experiences of Public Sexual Harassment in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre, you can do so via the Reclaim Blackpool Map
These reports will help to inform police of the extent of public sexual harassment, help them to allocate patrols, resources and a presence in these areas. These reports can also contribute to where council funding is spent on improving feelings of safety, such as improved street lighting, CCTV, training and outreach work.
Night Time Economy
#ItStopsHere is coming to a venue near you!
Working in partnership with Pub Watch, Blackpool Council, Licencing, The Police, Venues, Security Companies and Staff. The #ItStopsHere Night Time Economy campaign will deliver training to managers, supervisors and staff within the Night Time Economy, on identifying, responding and reporting Public Sexual Harassment, Spiking and being an effective bystander.
This training will be delivered alongside promotional posters which highlight a zero tolerance to sexual harassment, support cards which can be distributed by venues, process posters for staff to effectively handle a sexual harassment incident in their premises and each venue will receive free promotional material, ongoing training and support and certificates recognising their intent to make a night out safer for women and girls in Blackpool.
If you would like to book training for your venue, staff, or team, please fill out the form below:
For more information about this unique and exciting project please contact Alicia.Eland@FCWA.co.uk