We are so excited to launch an exciting new opportunity for our students here at YSJ! Over the past few months we have been working with individuals from University of York and our own University staff to set up a project that will hopefully benefit the student body in more ways than one.
A lot of Students Union’s run projects based around student safety on nights out. We are very lucky that over several years, our President of Wellbeing and Diversity has organised campaigns such as Plan Safe, Drink Safe, Home Safe and Don’t Drink and Drown which are focused on student safety on a night out in York. However, we would love it if we could provide a more regular service to support our students and this is why we have decided to launch our own safety service called Yorsafe.
Yorsafe is all focused on promoting the following message to students – You’re Safe in York. We aim to recruit student volunteers to enter the city on our student club nights and monitor the safety of other students. These volunteers will receive adequate training and resources to ensure they are ready to take part in this opportunity, and we will not send students out into the city solo, there must be at least 3 Yorsafe volunteers on a shift at one time.
We are looking to launch the service in Semester 2, with some training and shadowing opportunities for volunteers beforehand. Nightsafe (UOY service) and Street Angels (York service) are willing to allow our volunteers to shadow them to grasp an idea of what the service should include. We will launch a full training schedule once this has been confirmed with external organisations / individuals.
For now, we are asking if any students who are interested in volunteering for Yorsafe or generally have any more questions about the service can contact Alice Bolton on [email protected]