National PubWatch has previously featured the Ask for Angela campaign on its News page. Its a really clever idea that was instigated by Hayley Child the Substance Misuse Strategy Coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council.

The poster was designed to compliment the councils NO MORE campaign and is currently being displayed in the county clubs and bars with the help of Lincolnshire Pubwatch members.

The poster is a visual aid which might provide a vital life-line to someone who finds themselves in a difficult situation and can’t get out of it.

‘Hi I’m Angela,’ the poster says. ‘Are you on a date that isn’t working out? Do you feel like you’re not in a safe situation? Is your Tinder or POF [Plenty of Fish] date not who they said they were on their profile? Does it all feel a bit weird?

‘If you go to the bar and ask for ‘Angela’ the bar staff will know you need some help getting out of your situation and will call you a taxi or help you out discreetly – without too much fuss.’

We know that there have been calls to roll this out across the UK. Should you wish to make use of this poster in your Pubwatch then you can download and print a generic version of the poster here.

Hospitality venues in Devizes have subscribed to this iniative.

Obviously an initiative such as this will only be effective if all staff are fully aware of the poster and have the confidence to act and support the customer if the are approached for help. Hayley has very kindly provided us with a short document which can be utilised by pub and club management to provide guidance to staff.
Guidance for staff on Ask Angela

The poster is available here ask_angela.pdf