Trade repays debt to Falkirk’s safe base team

Volunteers helps vulnerable people during the festive season.
Volunteers helps vulnerable people during the festive season.
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A dedicated band of volunteers will once again take to the freezing cold streets of Falkirk to keep vulnerable people safe this festive season.

This time, however, they will be able to enjoy some piping hot haggis as they carry out their vital work.

The Safe Base initiative, in it’s fourth year, is now well-established and continues to patrol the streets over Friday and Saturday nights and early mornings to provide assistance to people who may be slightly the worse for wear due to excessive alcohol consumption.

Over the years the scheme has averted scores of ambulance and 999 calls, resulting in financial and man-hour savings to both the NHS and police.

Businesses in the town also appreciate the efforts of the Safe Base volunteers, who include Street Pastors, and have showed their support this year, donating food and beverages to keep them warm and well fed as they patrol the “Safe Zone” in the town centre.

One local bar, The Voodoo Lounge in Wooer Street, will be laying on some traditional haggis, neeps and tatties for the Safe Basers as they go about their work.

Sarah McKenzie, Falkirk Delivers assistant manager, said: “If we didn’t have this dedication from volunteers, this initiative wouldn’t be as successful as it is.”