Edinburgh SafeZone Bus returns

Edinburgh’s SafeZone Bus will now be a permanent fixture in city centre, offering vital support to people who become vulnerable while out at night.

The bus creates a safe place for people who need assistance and offers services including first aid, help contacting friends or relatives and general advice or referral to other organisations.

The announcement comes after a highly successful pilot project showed that the SafeZone Bus helped to reduce need for people to be sent to A&E and helped to prevent harm by helping it’s users to get home safely.

The service is run by the charity Working on Wheels in partnership with the Council, emergency services, the Scottish Government and other partners.

Community Safety Leader, Councillor Day, said: “Our Community Safety Partnership has long supported the SafeZone Bus and its benefits have been clear to see. The project proved to be highly successful in helping vulnerable people whilst taking the pressure off emergency services.

“I am very happy that the SafeZone Bus will be able to continue to operate Edinburgh and welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to continue to contribute towards funding for this excellent service.”

The bus will be based in the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights at the bottom of Cathedral Lane, opposite the Omni Centre.

Cllr Cammy Day and the SafeZone Bus

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