THE After 8 Safe Hut is making a return this year to keep festive revellers safe in the city.
The voluntary initiative was set up to provide late night customers with practical assistance during the lead up to Christmas and the New Year.
This year the ‘Safe Hut’ will be located in a prime position in the Theatre District launching on Saturday, December 8 at 11pm and will be open from 11pm until 4am each Friday and Saturday until Monday, December 31.
Organised by the After8 Group, a collection of city professionals and authorities to promote the safety and prosperity of Milton Keynes’ night-time economy, the Safe Hut is supported by St John Ambulance and designed to support the emergency services with incidents, offer advice to party-goers and help promote a fun and safe Christmas in MK.
Kay Greenhalgh, spokesperson for the After8 Group and City Centre Manager.
“Following the success of the Safe Hut over the past three years since it was launched, including saving two lives and making many more comfortable and safe, we are again offering our support this year.
“Run purely by volunteers this sort of initiative works towards our goal of making this a better place to visit and enjoy.”
Since launching in 2009, the Safe Hut has attended to over 600 people, After8 volunteers have given over 300 hours in time to make the project possible, over 250 people have been seen and dealt with by St John Ambulance and it has been estimated to have saved £12,000 in costs to A&E. The Pee Pod has over 2,500 users.
Run in conjunction with St John Ambulance, volunteer for St John, Delia Graves said: “Our team of volunteers includes first aiders and healthcare professionals so we’re equipped to deal with everything from the tiniest cuts and grazes to more serious problems such as cardiac arrests and broken bones.
“The idea is that this will significantly reduce ambulance call outs and time spent at the emergency departments at local hospitals and people will get prompt treatment in a safe environment.
“Our first aiders are often the difference between life and death at local events in and around Milton Keynes and while we hope there won’t be any serious casualties visiting us, it’s reassuring for the public to know we’re there for them.”
Also returning this year is The ‘Pee Pod’, a safe and clean outdoor location to people to ‘relieve’ their bladders, which is located at Xscape near the taxi pod every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout Christmas starting December 2.
The main sponsors and supporters involved are; Xscape, Theatre District, MKCCM, SaferMK of Milton Keynes Council, and St John Ambulance. Several local businesses have also shown their support; Elliotts, Visual Identity, Icon Graphics and Leisure Sec