Falmouth's Safe Places scheme saves public purse £1,700 in three months
A SCHEME in Falmouth which gives assistance to revellers in need has already saved the public purse about £1,700.
The Safe Space scheme launched in November as an extension of the Street Pastors' project, both of which run on Saturday nights.
Sergeant Gary Watts told Falmouth Town Council that the scheme has already been a success. Although it was a quiet Christmas, there were two incidents he noted showing how important it was.
"We had one guy in with quite nasty injuries to his face," said Sergeant Watts.
"He was too drunk and was going to go home and not get an ambulance. He got taken to hospital it was that bad, but if he had gone home it could have got worse."
Another, he said, jumped into a skip. "He injured himself in a particularly sensitive area and he was in a lot of pain but didn't want to call anybody.
"He ended up at Treliske (hospital) and had 13 stitches.
"Things like that you cannot put a figure on (how much it saves)."
Safe Spaces is aimed at anyone who needs assistance for an issue related to drink, drugs, an incident or medical need. Manned by volunteers and St John Ambulance members, it can give first aid to save paramedics being called or a trip to the hospital.
It runs in the foyer of the Methodist Church on The Moor from 10.30pm until 3am.
Financial support has been given by groups including Falmouth Town Council, Falmouth and Penryn Churches Together, the universities, Falmouth Business Improvement District, police and Cornwall councillors Steve Eva and David Saunby.