Falkirk’s partygoers once again know they will be in safe hands should they find themselves a little worse for wear over the festive season.
Now in its fifth year, the Safe Zone has been operating in Falkirk town centre at weekends throughout December.
It is run by volunteers and organisations like Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, British Red Cross, St Andrews First Aid, Falkirk BID, Sign Post Recovery, Falkirk Council’s Community Safety Team and Community Development Service and Falkirk Street Pastors.
Once again operating in Park Street, the Safe Zone provides first aid patrols, street pastoring and a safe, warm area for people stranded until transport can be arranged.
In addition, Police Scotland will provide patrols as part of its festive policing.
Councillor Allyson Black, a Street Pastor, will be out with other volunteers, helping keep vulnerable people safe.
She said: “I’ve been out already this year and really enjoyed meeting up with the volunteers again. There’s a great team at the Safe Base and they do an important job maintaining people’s safety through practical help and advice.
“No one wants to come to a town that isn’t safe, so the volunteers also help the town’s economy.”
Councillor Jim Blackwood, Public Protection spokesman, said: “The Safe Zone volunteers’ work takes some of the pressure off hospital staff by reducing admission rates, while their presence also reassures the public.”