A partnership between Best Bar None Scotland (BBN) and charity Drinkaware will see support crews work with Glasgow nightclubs to help revellers who’ve had too much to drink over the busy festive period.
Drinkaware “Crews” in Glasgow will be present at BBN venues SWG3, The Garage and The Cathouse on an ongoing basis to support customer safety in the venues.
The trained Crew staff will help vulnerable people who have drunk too much, lost their friends and provide first aid if required.
The project will continue into 2017 and is part of a larger commitment from the two organisations to promote social and responsible drinking in Scotland.
Drinkaware will also sponsor the ‘Innovation in Social Responsibility’ award at the Best Bar None Scotland National awards on March 30, 2017 in Glasgow. The award will be given to venues that promote social and responsible behaviour within their premises.
Drinkaware’s CEO, Elaine Hindal, said, “The trained Drinkaware Crew can bring a new dynamic to venues, which means people in vulnerable situations have someone who is there to spend as much time as is needed, to make sure they are looked after and that they can either enjoy the rest of their night or get home safely.”
She added, “We are sponsoring the innovation in social responsibility award for Best Bar None Scotland which we hope will encourage the best ideas and interventions to be recognised.”
BBN encourages Scotland’s licensed premises to promote safety and works with partners Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium UK, Chivas Brothers, Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, the SLTA and the Scottish Government.
Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chair of Best Bar None Scotland, added, “We’re looking forward to working closely with the Team at Drinkaware and developing the Crew Scheme into other areas in Scotland and through future initiatives. We see this as yet another positive step in supporting a safe night out across the country.”
Previous Best Bar None Scotland initiatives include the national launch of their ‘Good Night Out?’ campaign which helps to ensure everyone gets home safely and raises awareness of vulnerability on a night out.