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December
2023
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16:37
Europe/London

New night safety bus comes to Camden

Camden Council has launched a new Safety Hub bus to provide a safe space for anyone who needs help or support during a night out.

Open on Saturday nights from 9pm to 2.30am, the bus will be stationed on Parkway in Camden Town with trained staff on board to assist and support people who might need help during a night out.

The launch of the Camden Safety Hub bus also marks one year since the opening of Camden’s first-ever Safety Hub – a fixed space offering help and support in LabTech’s head office in Camden Market Hawley Wharf at 1 Dockray Place.

In the past year, staff and volunteers have supported almost 40 visitors at the hub and engaged with over 950 people around Camden Town, including speaking with local venues to promote the service and signposting people on a night out to the hub if they need it.

Help to get home, water and refreshments, access to phone chargers and other support is available at both the Safety Hub and on the bus.

Staff are also trained to signpost anyone who might be in help or assistance from the police or medical professionals.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities

A year ago we launched Camden’s first ever Safety Hub – a dedicated space for anyone who needs help at night - and to go a step further we’ve now launched our brand-new Safety Hub Bus to assist and support anyone who might not feel safe around one of the borough’s most popular night-time destinations.

“Our priority has been to make Camden a place where residents and visitors can enjoy our brilliant nightlife while feeling safe, and both the Hub and bus provides dedicated safe spaces for people to go if they need help – whether that’s getting home, talking to someone, or getting assistance if they’ve found themselves in a difficult situation. With one of the best nightlife scenes in the country, we want to ensure Camden Town is as welcoming and safe as possible for residents and visitors, and we hope through these spaces that we can provide reassurance that you are not alone, and we are here to help if you need it.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities

The Camden Safety Hub and bus are part of a programme of ongoing work by the Council to improve safety at night, with a particular focus on making the borough as safe as possible for women and girls.

Other work in this area include Cllr Callaghan leading a series of women safety walkabouts to address women and girls’ safety concerns, increasing the number of patrols alongside the Police during the evening and night-time, improving street lighting and CCTV and working with local businesses to promote the ‘Ask Angela’ initiative.  

If you’re out and about in Camden and need help, come along to the Camden Safety Hub for support from trained staff and community partners located at 1 Dockray Place, NW1 8QH, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 9pm to 2.30am.

You can also find the bus parked on Parkway, NW1 7PQ every Saturday between 9pm and 2.30am.  

To find out more about the Safety Hub and other safety initiatives, head to Women's safety - Camden Council.

Camden Council is also working on developing its first Evening and Night-Time Strategy to help the borough’s evening and night-time be more inclusive, safe and diverse, making it a better experience for everyone living, working, visiting, or running a business in Camden.  Find out more about this at https://camdenente.commonplace.is/.