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Helping hand for Yarmouth revellers

PUBLISHED: 08:21 15 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:30 01 July 2010

Revellers in Great Yarmouth will get a helping hand from a St John Ambulance treatment unit

Revellers in Great Yarmouth will get a helping hand from a St John Ambulance treatment unit

Dominic Bareham

Revellers along Great Yarmouth's seafront who find themselves in trouble through drink or personal problems will have a helping hand from today.

Revellers along Great Yarmouth's seafront who find themselves in trouble through drink or personal problems will have a helping hand from today..

A mobile treatment unit at the Jetty will help people who need medical assistance or just a talk.

The St John Ambulance Trust is providing the facility, funded with £25,000 of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney money, which will be on the seafront every Saturday for the next six months with the aim to reduce the number of drink-related hospital admissions and save the NHS money.

Known as the Nightsafe Haven, the unit is similar to an SOS Bus and medical centre which helps revellers in Norwich on Saturday nights.

The Haven scheme is the idea of former Norfolk Police youth projects officer Colin Lang, who helped set up the SOS bus in Norwich following the death of three teenagers in four months, including 16-year-old Nick Green, who was found dead in a Norwich river in 2001 following a night out with friends.

Mr Lang said: “The facility will be capable of dealing with all kinds of issues and if not we would suggest the right people to go to. Our primary role is to deal with any injuries and to get people home safely.

“We are removing the vulnerable people from the street and ensuring they get home safely so we don't have mum and dad worrying where their child is.”

The St John's volunteers will be working in partnership with other organisations, including the Yarmouth street pastors scheme, to provide support between 9pm on Saturday and 3am on a Sunday for six months.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for the Nightsafe project can call Mr Lang, the Trust's youth and community liaison officer, on 01603 431639.

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