Safe haven for Romford clubbers in line for Met award

South Street

South Street - Credit: Archant

A “safe haven” helping Romford clubbers has been recognised in a Met-wide award scheme.

A St John Ambulance first aid team has been based at Fiction and Cameo nightclub in South Street, Romford, since December 2013.

They have helped more than 200 people through the project, a joint venture with Havering Council initially set up to deal with the Christmas party season.

It was made permanent after easing the burden on the NHS and is a key part of a partnership short listed for a Safer Communities POP (Problem Orientated Partnership) award.

The award celebrates partnerships which successfully make communities safer, and is run by the Met Police, Transport for London and councils.

Other partners include Street Pastors, The Deeper Lounge nightclub and the town’s “barred from one barred from all” project.

St John Ambulance volunteer and coordinator Chris Gammage said: “Our first aiders are trained to deal with everything from a cut finger to a cardiac arrest so they’re able to deal with most injuries and problems which might otherwise need a referral to A&E.

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“They’ve treated all kinds of injuries and drink and drug related problems. Some are victims of assault while others just need a safe place to sober up.”

Sixty-five people were transferred to hospital in the first eight months of the project.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for community safety, said: “I am extremely pleased and proud the partnership work is being recognised. A safe town centre means Romford can be enjoyed in the evening by all.”

The award winners will be announced on November 24 at a ceremony held at New Scotland Yard.