Beckie Thomas


10 June 2015 17:36

5 ways we’re improving the safety bus

We are not axing the safety busWe are taking a good service, and making it great.

-We’ve all seen a lot of comments in the last few days about the safety bus service, and there have been a few misunderstandings and things I could have made a lot clearer; here is an overview of our plans for next year:

1. There will be trained support personnel outside Bevois valley club nights during peak hours, unlike the safety bus; they will provide a service for the entire time, instead of leaving the area for 20 minutes at a time.

2. I’m working with the next VP Welfare to put together a procedure for the improved service; we’ll review the service at Christmas, because we know that not everything works perfectly first time.

3. We’ll be working with clubs to make them look out for you; it can ruin your night if your friend gets over served when you know they shouldn’t, and you have to pick up the pieces.

4. The discussions over the continuation of either safety bus service are never related to the cost, it is a welfare service. I mentioned cost at an earlier Union Council as background information, it was not, and has never been a part of the reasoning for the change. We’ll spend as much as we need to support students.

5. The most important thing I want to make clear is that there will never be a situation where a student can’t get home from a student night in Bevois Valley. We’ll help them to get a taxi (use your student ID to get a taxi and pay the next day), walk with a friend, go in the safety bus, or get medical attention. There is nothing more important to us than your welfare.

As your elected representative, you can always email me with your thoughts at (It will be Sam Bailey from 1st July 2015). Will, apologies for not seeing your email before Union Council, I will respond to you via email.


Beckie, VP Welfare

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