Statement regarding Omagh Street Safe project – Tuesday 6 December 2016

Published: 6th December 2016

The Omagh Street Safe project will operate in the town during the festive period on Saturday 10, Friday 16, Saturday 17, Friday 23, Monday 26 and Saturday 31 December 2016 where, as is usual practice, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council officers and Street Safe volunteers will provide assistance to people who may become vulnerable while on a night out.

Recently, Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership was left with no other option but to suspend the Omagh Street Safe project on three occasions due to the unavailability of Council officers. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has overall responsibility for Street Safe volunteers and takes its duty of care with regard to volunteers seriously. As such, a Council officer must be present when the Street Safe project operates to ensure the overall safety and well being of its volunteers. This is contrary to some recent media reports that suggested the project was temporarily suspended as a Council officer was needed to open and close premises used by Street Safe. This was not the case.

To ensure the long term viability of the Street Safe project, Council officers have engaged with Street Safe volunteers from early October to explore options to enable the project to operate on a volunteer led basis with some level of co-ordination function delivered by Council officers. The Council is committed to supporting the Street Safe volunteers throughout this process and will continue to work closely with volunteers to develop a long term delivery approach for the project.

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