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Community award success for local Street Wise scheme

A team of street marshals have been recognised with a local community award for their positive impact on neighbourhoods after dark.

The University of Sussex’s Street Wise scheme was named Public Services of the Year on Sunday at the Community Stars Awards organised by local newspaper The Argus.

The scheme sees highly visible members of the team walking in pairs in residential areas of the city on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, offering support to any passer-by between the hours of 10pm and 4am who may need assistance or advice on getting home safely.

The scheme’s pool of ten marshals, all of whom have community safety accreditation awarded by Sussex Police, have basic first aid training and conflict mediation skills, are now a common-place sight in the Lewes Road, Elm Grove and Upper Lewes Road areas of the city, interacting with students and other passers-by heading out or back in from sampling the city’s busy nightlife.

The University of Sussex’s housing team worked with Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council, the University of Brighton and BIMM to get the idea off the ground, with Beacon Security Services operating the scheme on behalf of the project partners. It was successfully trialled in 2017 for 12 weeks before resuming after the summer break for the current academic year.

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