Workshop dedicated to the town centre’s “eyes and ears”

As part of Barnsley Council's ambition to make Barnsley a safe and enjoyable place to have a night out, staff from the town centre's pubs and clubs have been invited to a dedicated workshop, which aims to give them the opportunity to add to their existing skills and be kept up to date with current public safety issues.

The Night Time Economy (NTE) workshop - the first of its type in Barnsley - will take place on Monday 2 July between 12.30 to 4.30pm at Barnsley Town Hall in collaboration with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) who are the industry regulator and license suitably-qualified door supervisors.

Aimed at bar staff, managers and door supervisors, the free session will include topics on Child Sexual Exploitation safeguarding, counter terrorism, physical intervention, The Ask Angela scheme, hate crime, drug and alcohol abuse. 

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Bar staff, managers and in particular, door supervisors, play a crucial role in Barnsley’s night-time economy. They are the town’s eyes and ears and we would like them to be fully briefed on the latest developments within the range of topics covered, to benefit individual businesses and the town as a whole. We are all responsible and have our part to play.”

Invitations have already been sent out to pubs and clubs in Barnsley, however, anyone who works in the night time economy is also welcome to attend. Contact SohaibAkhtar@barnsley.gov.uk to book.

Nigel Davies, the SIA’s Regional Investigation Manager for the east of England said:

“Violence reduction as well as raising awareness of issues such as child sexual exploitation are key priorities for the SIA. Presentations from industry speakers provide opportunities for key local partners in the night time economy to work together and ensure public safety. I encourage the industry to take up the learning and networking opportunities that the event will offer.”  

The workshop will complement the work Barnsley is already carrying out to achieve Purple Flag status. Launched in 2012, the Purple Flag standard is similar to the Green Flag award for parks and the Blue Flag award for beaches. There are now 70 Purple Flag towns and cities and the response from local businesses, venues and the public has been extremely positive.

 Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, explained: 

"When people come to Barnsley for a night out, we want them to feel safe, well looked after and to have a fantastic time. Purple Flag provides us with a framework to develop exceptional standards for our town centre, which is already benefitting from the launch of Best Bar None and Ask for Angela campaigns.

 "We are working hard to make Barnsley a more current, diverse and public-friendly space for residents to enjoy. The Glass Works scheme and the public realm improvements play a major factor in reaching our goals. The new public square for example will create a large, bright and open area, surrounded by family restaurants and a major cinema.

 "It also encourages people on the periphery of Barnsley and South Yorkshire to head to our great market town once more for a nice evening out. This will in turn have the added bonus of providing a major boost for the local economy and encourage more inward investment in the future."

Work on the new public spaces officially got underway on 29 May and is expected to be completed in 2020 when the retail and leisure phase of The Glass Works opens. Barnsley will then be hopeful of securing its Purple Flag status, which will provide a deserved stamp of approval for the years of hard work invested in turning around the fortunes of one of South Yorkshire's most recognisable town centres.

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