A group of pink jacket-wearing volunteers is patrolling Newcastle’s streets to help women get home safely after the sun goes down. Called Women’s Street Watch Newcastle (WSWN), the safety-forward patrol team is out every Friday and Saturday from 10 PM until late.
Besides helping vulnerable revelers – be they clubbers, pub crawlers, or members of the homeless community – the 50 WSWN volunteers are equipped with water, flip flops, snacks, and phone chargers in a bid to make after-night-out walks harm-free.
Women’s Street Watch members safeguard Newcastle hotspots and analyze the crowds to spot women who might need help. Their eye-catching, vividly pink van provides a secure spot to call a taxi, charge your phone, or take a breather.
A partnership with the local cab firm Budget Taxis allows Women’s Street Watch Newcastle to call in a free ride home for anyone who needs it. As the venture garnered the city’s appreciation, door crews now dial the women’s activist team’s number when they sense a female patron might need their attention.