IF YOU’VE ever been on a date, or in a bar with a person who is making you feel uncomfortable, a new initiative has been launched to help keep people safe when on a night out in Weymouth.
The ‘Angel Shot’ initiative has been set-up by Best Bar None and Weymouth Pubwatch.
It has adopted the scheme from other areas of the UK and abroad and now bars and clubs in Weymouth are trying to do something about sexual violence and abuse.
It aims to help people who might be on a date with someone who aren’t who they said they were online, feel unsafe in a bar, are on a date that just isn’t working out or is feeling a “bit creeped out”.
All they have to do is go to the bar and ask for an ‘Angel Shot’ and the bar staff will then know you’re in need of some help and will aid in getting you out of your situation either by calling you a taxi or helping you out discreetly.
Similar schemes have been used in the north of England as bars look to keep people safe Keith Treggiden, Pubwatch chairman, said: “It’s not a new thing, it’s been around for some time but it’s new to Weymouth.
What we’re trying to do is to make it more relevant to what people ask for in bars and they ask for shots in bars.
“We’re working together as Pubwatch and Best Bar None.
We’re just trying to pull together as many safety messages as we can for this. The committee on Pubwatch isn’t the same as Best Bar None. We’re just trying to work together to keep people safe and to show we’re not just about making money.”
The posters for the scheme are gender neutral, highlighting the fact that anyone can use it to keep safe.
Bars including Rendezvous, Ayya, The Closet, Yates and Boombox are advertising the scheme on their Facebook pages as they look to keep patrons safe.