Safe haven for Romford clubbers in line for Met award
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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.
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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.