'Ask for Angela' now available in Henley
'Ask for Angela', the scheme designed to help those at risk of abuse in a pub or bar, is now available in Henley-on-Thames.
If someone feels uncomfortable in a licensed venue in the town they can go to the bar and ask; "Is Angela in?". Staff will then offer discrete help, such as keeping an eye on them, calling a friend, relative, taxi, or the police - or simply help them to leave the building via alternative exit.
The scheme is particularly aimed at those who are on a date with someone they have only just met online, or via a dating app, who then doesn’t turn out quite as they expected. However, it can be used by anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable while on an evening out and will provide extra reassurance for those visiting town centre pubs and bars in the run up to Christmas
There are 11 venues signed up to the scheme in Henley - Angel on the Bridge, Café Rouge, Giggling Squid, Old Bell, Station House, The Argyll, The Bull, The Catherine Wheel, The Coppa Club, The Square and The Three Tuns.
Participating venues can also be recognised by a blue sticker in their window and posters displayed in bar and toilet areas.
In total, there are now 47 'Ask for Angela' locations across South Oxfordshire – to find out where they are visit southoxon.gov.uk/askforangela.
The scheme is supported by the South and Vale Community Safety Partnership and local Pubwatch members.
Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “I’m very pleased that 'Ask for Angela' is now available in Henley and in many venues across South Oxfordshire. The scheme provides that extra reassurance that there will be someone to turn to if you need help."
PC Alex Norrish, of the Henley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Part of our neighbourhood role is to keep the town safe, including the night time economy. This scheme will help ensure people that they are safe on their nights out."
Heather Harris, Wetherspoons - Catherine Wheel, General Manager, said: "We are always keen and supportive of schemes which help to create a safer environment for our customers and provide training and advice to all employees regarding any schemes which support customers’ safety."
Cllr Stefan Gawrysiak, ward councillor for Henley-on-Thames, said: "We are supportive of any scheme, such as Ask for Angela, that promotes the safety of our residents and visitors in Henley."
Cllr Lorraine Hillier, ward councillor for Henley-on-Thames, said: "With the festive season fast approaching people are more likely to be out and about in our town centre pubs and bars. If someone does get into difficulties and needs help they can now go to the bar and 'Ask for Angela'."
The South and Vale Community Safety Partnership is made up of representatives from the following organisations - South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, Public Health, NHS Oxfordshire, Soha, Sovereign Vale Housing, and Thames Valley Probation Service.