On a night out with friends or family, arrange a meeting point and a time and stick to it and also plan how you will be getting home at the end of the night. You can’t always rely on your mobile phone, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is topped up before you leave home.
Dont drink too much as you’re likely to feel disorientated. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink.
Here is some advice to help keep you safe:
- Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
- Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
“Think Again before you drink another drop”
- Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
- Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
- Spiking: never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
- Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol, you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language
- Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation
Don’t ruin your enjoyment of your night out by overdoing it.
Town Pastors are there to help you Stay Safe
Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to our street patrols we are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home. We currently operate in 9 towns in Suffolk: Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury, & Woodbridge & also in Dereham, Norfolk.
Town Pastors working in pairs, wearing bright distinctive jackets and headgear, are out on Friday & Saturday nights from 10pm until the early hours. They provide a positive influence in the town – backed by prayer.
All Town Pastors undergo a full training programme before becoming part of the team, covering such issues as core values; roles and responsibilities; the power of prayer; personal safety and conflict management; and drug and alcohol awareness.
Please take some time to consider your personal safety but …..
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe