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#SeeYouSafer campaign to help students enjoy a safer night out in Colchester

15 Feb #SeeYouSafer campaign to help students enjoy a safer night out in Colchester

Students at Colchester Institute and University of Essex will be given advice on how to enjoy a safer night out with their friends as part of the #SeeYouSafer campaign this month.

#SeeYouSafer is a major multi-partnership campaign to help people feel safer when enjoying a night out in Colchester. As part of this representatives from the initiative will be visiting Colchester Institute and University of Essex to talk students about how planning ahead and looking out for friends can help make every night out a night to remember, rather than a night to forget.

Launched in December #SeeYouSafer is an initiative of the One Colchester partnership – a multi-agency group including Colchester Borough Council, and representatives from Fire, Police, probation, health, education, business, voluntary services and the cultural sector.

On Friday 18 February, the campaign will be part of the University of Essex We Are Rebels fair, which takes place on the university’s Colchester Campus. The #SeeYouSafer team will be sharing information and merchandise at this popular event which encourages students to join and support charities, organisations and community activities.

The campaign will also be visiting Colchester Institute on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 February. From the #SeeYouSafer gazebo centrally located on the campus, representatives from the campaign will be advising students how to safely enjoy a night out.

Dorothy Akuamoa, Vice President of Student Welfare at University of Essex, commented: “The University of Essex is delighted to play a part in sharing the #SeeYouSafer campaign on campus at the We are Rebels event. The safety of everyone involved with the university is our number one priority, so helping to share the messages that form the #SeeYouSafer initiative is very important to us.

“Our students benefit from great opportunities to study and socialise in Colchester, enjoying fantastic experiences, but it is valuable to know that practical advice and support is available, with the #SeeYouSafer campaign making a vital contribution.”

Engaging students on-site at University of Essex and Colchester Institute is just one aspect of this multi-pronged campaign which also includes a #SeeYouSafer website that will contain help and advice.

Pam Donnelly, Chair of One Colchester and Colchester Borough Council’s Strategic Director of Customer & Relationships, said: “Colchester is an inspiring place to study and a vibrant place to enjoy a night out. However, we are all well aware of the potential dangers that people could face on a night out not just in Colchester but in any town or city.

“This is why we launched the #SeeYouSafer campaign which aims to help everyone enjoy more from their time in Colchester and it’s so important to share this message with students at University of Essex and Colchester Institute.”