Falmouth council grant helps secure town's safe space scheme

Falmouth council grant helps secure town's safe space scheme

Falmouth council grant helps secure town's safe space scheme

First published in News

Falmouth’s Safe Space initiative has received a £1,000 grant from the town council, which recognised the importance of the project and the service it provides.

The scheme is run by Falmouth and Penryn Churches Together and operates out of Falmouth Methodist Church where volunteers offer a safe haven for late night revellers who find themselves in need of help.

This could be because of drink, drugs, emotional turmoil, injury or illness.

The service is provided between 11pm and 3am on Saturdays and complements the Street Pastors who offer help and support throughout the town centre. People can receive first aid, find somewhere to sit and sober up or speak to someone.

Safe Space had applied to Falmouth Town Council for a grant of £3,000 towards the cost of providing a first aider and other expenses, such as uniforms, for new recruits and heating and lighting bills.

Last year, the previous council had agreed to give a grant of £1,000 along with a commitment of a further £1,000 over the following two years. The current council has honoured that commitment, at least for 2014/15.

Deputy mayor, John Body, referred to Safe Space as a “worthy cause” and Councillor David Saunby added: “I have seen this work first hand and I think it’s an excellent service.”

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