POLICE have helped relaunch a scheme to offer assistance to those who need help while on a night out.

Run by independent charity Street Pastors, the Hastings scheme sees volunteers patrol the town centre providing care, basic first-aid and support to those in need.

It runs every Saturday night, but is hoped to be extended to Friday nights as well in the near future.

The team can also direct people to support services that are available, provide vulnerable people with refuge as travel arrangements are made, help people from becoming victims of crime and assist with potentially volatile situations.

Sussex Police, the NHS and Hastings Borough Council, have worked alongside the Street Pastors to launch the scheme as bars and clubs open back up following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Inspector Aidan Cornwall, of the Hastings neighbourhood policing team, said: “The Safe Space in Hastings is a vital support in the night time economy, being there for those who need a helping hand or who may become distressed in the town centre on our busy weekend nights.

“We are immensely proud of the work that the volunteers are doing and would encourage those enjoying the vibrant atmosphere in Hastings town centre to stop by and see the services on offer.”

A "safe space" is open between 10pm on Saturday nights at His Place Church, Robertson Street, Hastings.

For more information call 07964 167870. Alternatively search Hastings Street Pastors on Facebook or follow @HastingsPastors on Twitter.

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