MAVISbus gaining national recognitionSafer Stronger North Somerset
The Safer Stronger Communities bus ‘MAVIS’ (multi-agency vehicle in service) is gaining national recognition as an innovative safe space and multi-agency hub.Howard Pothecary, our Community Safety Manager was recently invited to the Local Government Association’s Annual Licensing Conference in London to talk about the MAVISbus and the role it plays as a safe space in Weston’s evening and night-time economy. The bus generated a lot of discussion with many areas across the country very keen to learn from North Somerset and develop their very own ‘MAVIS’ Safe Space.
A safe space is a collective term for schemes that provide triage, recovery and pastoral care topeople out in the evening who may be drunk, have taken illegal drugs, or are lost or vulnerable. Mavis plays a vital role in supporting vulnerable people and reducing demand on local agencies.
The distinctive purple MAVISbus is parked in Princess Royal Square from 9pm till 3am every Saturday night from April to September and Saturdays after pay-day and other anticipated high demand nights all year round.
Used by the police, ambulance, street wardens, street pastors and council licensing officers, the bus provides a warm, non-judgemental safe space for agencies to offer immediate, highly- visible assistance for anyone who needs help or a safe place to wait for friends, charge their phone or even have a chat.
As well as its role in the night-time economy, the MAVISbus also provides a valuable community resource during the day and can be hired by groups and organisations in North Somerset to use at their community events.
The bus, which is fully equipped with audio visual equipment, mains sockets and Wi-Fi, can be booked for £50 a day or £25 for a half day. It can be delivered to a location at a specific time and collected at the end of the event.
You can also follow the MAVISbus Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest news and events.