Sheffield city centre safety work highlighted in national film

Sergeant Matthew Burdett, Tracey Ford and Nick Simmonite

Sergeant Matthew Burdett, Tracey Ford and Nick Simmonite

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Work to make Sheffield city centre safer is highlighted in a new film being shared across the country.

'Championing the Public’s Health’ is an in-depth programme exploring some of the UK’s major public health challenges and the initiatives being taken to tackle them.

Sheffield was one of two partnerships nationally asked to take part in the film, which was first aired at the Royal Society of Public Health awards in London last month and then distributed to its membership as a learning tool.

Sergeant Matthew Burdett, part of the Sheffield Business Improvement District, or Bid, was interviewed by the film crew. He spoke about the partnership work taking place in the city centre, as well the success of the Street Pastors team.

"It was great to share the work that has taken place here in Sheffield and we hope that it proves useful for other towns and cities across the country," he said.

“We have plenty to be proud of in the city and great partnerships have led to acknowledgement such as the Purple Flag status, which is awarded to town and city centres that meet or surpass the standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy.”

Nick Simmonite, Sheffield Bid board member and owner of the Frog and Parrot, added: “It is a true team effort here in Sheffield, working across all businesses and sectors for the benefit of the city.

"We work together through the group U-NIGHT and it is great that the benefits and successes of this approach have been recognised through this film.”

Tracey Ford, of Sheffield Drugs and Alcohol Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team, or Dact, manages Sheffield's Best Bar None scheme. She said: “Sheffield city centre is very fortunate to have members of the licensing trade, businesses and the local authority who all are passionate about the safety of people coming and using the city centre, their passion for partnership working is evident when it is recognised as good practice nationally.”

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