A Lambeth Council pilot project is making partying in Clapham safer with a new high street hub for people who are feeling vulnerable, have minor injuries or need help.
The Clapham Night-time Hub opened for the first time on Friday, December 14 at the Methodist Church in Clapham High Street and will be open to revellers over the weekend from 11pm to 5am.
The pilot project which will run until the first weekend in February has been launched amid concerns about high levels of drunkenness, crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet member for Safer Communities, said: “Clapham High Street is very popular on a Friday and Saturday night drawing big crowds. And while most people have a great time, too many people are falling victim to crime or drinking too much and becoming a nuisance to others.
“We have already acted to tackle the situation by boosting our powers to stop new bar and clubs opening in the area. Now with The Hub we are helping address the existing situation and dealing with alcohol-fueled violence, crime and disorder.
“Using expertise developed in other town centres we are confident this project will reduce the strain on residents, the police, ambulance services and overstretched accident & emergency departments.”
The Hub offers somewhere safe for people to seek shelter, have a cup of tea, get help if they’ve become separated from friends or assistance getting home if they feel threatened. Qualified medical staff are on hand to provide first aid where needed.
So far more than 20 drunk or injured people have been helped, and hub staff have also been cleaning up broken bottles, stopping people urinating in the street and helping to re-unite potentially vulnerable people with their friends.
The Mint group which runs Infernos, a busy nearby nightclub, is providing SIA registered security staff, help book taxis and cleaning staff so the church and its surrounds remain tidy.
The Methodist Church, NHS Lambeth, Clapham Safer Neighbourhood Team, Sainsbury’s supermarket in Clapham, Street Pastors, the Red Cross, St John Ambulance service and volunteer resident are all also involved in the Lambeth Council Community Safety team led project.
The work is being undertaken as part of Lambeth council’s Safer Communities campaign to highlight what we’re doing to make the borough a safer place. The campaign also shows how we are giving people in the borough more control over the council’s work with the police to reduce crime and the fear of crime.