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Safer Nights

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Safer Nights

A campaign to support, advise and help educate everyone to have a great night out in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The Safer Nights campaign addresses multiple audiences to encourage a fun night out while raising awareness of spiking, preloading, helping to educate a safer nights environment. The campaign aims to raise awareness of support networks, technology and safe zones available within the night time economy. 

The aim is to highlight behaviour and encourage change, provide insight into those who have experienced this abuse, and empower people to make a change to their habits and help others without putting themselves at risk.

Please find below social media assets, posters, leaflets, partner pack and an awareness video to help promote a great night out. 

Stamp Out Spiking

There are many different forms of spiking including: alcoholic/soft drink, food, injection, cigarette, and vape.

Spiking can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

This public awareness video shares interviews with real victims of drink spiking, explains the signs of spiking and what you should do if you believe you or someone else has been spiked.

In an emergency always dial 999 immediately.

Free Vulnerability Training

The VRA has developed free Vulnerability Training for anybody who works in the night-time economy. The training reinforces the message that women and girls have the right to feel safe and aims to help those who work in the night-time economy to identify when women and girls, or anybody who may find themselves vulnerable, require support. 

Find out more here.  

Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement Training

The Safer Business Network has developed this free vulnerability video to raise awareness of Ask for Angela and how vulnerability may look in the night-time economy. 

The Network has also developed Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) training to increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of those working in a customer facing role, focusing on identifying vulnerability and making appropriate interventions. The training also includes Spiking Awareness and Ask for Angela. 

Find out more here


The partner pack below contains key messages to support the campaign resources. Please share, print, hand out and display the content and messages to help create safer nights out.

Do you want more information on enjoying safer nights?

If you’d like more information on how to enjoy a safe night in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, then we’ve listed the information below for you.

What is preloading?

Pre-loading (sometimes also called pre-drinking or prinking) is drinking alcohol before going on a night out. People who pre-load are more likely to binge drink, and are at greater risk of being more vulnerable on a night out. For support relating to alcohol use please find out more on the relevant links.

Staffordshire Treatment & Recovery Service (stars)
Stoke-on-Trent Community Drug & Alcohol Service

How do I spot the signs of spiking?

‘Spiking’ is when someone puts alcohol or drugs into another person’s drink or their body without their knowledge and/or consent.

Signs that someone may have been spiked include:

  • Drunk, woozy or drowsy
  • Confused or disorientated
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Memory loss
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
Personal safety apps
Hollie Guard – A next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection. Whether you’re working alone, travelling to an unknown area or simply commuting around town. With Hollie Guard, you can set extra levels of protection from right inside the App.
Getting home safe

Top tips for a safe night out

Help and Support available to you

Visit our Support page for further information and advice on where to go for support.

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