The GET HOME SAFE scheme is a voluntary initiative being trialled by the Students’ Union with sports clubs and societies to help encourage safe and supported travel home for students.
Information for Club and Society Members
We understand that there is not always easy to find ideal means of travel, especially when sessions are held far from home and at all times of the day. That’s why the Students Union wants to support members in feeling safe and confident while enjoying activities and groups that enhance university life.
If your club or society is part of GET HOME SAFE, you can request support from the signatories to help you find a workable solution for travel to and from sessions, without any judgement or inconvenience. Whether it’s walking groups, travel safety apps, or contactable group members to check in with, we’ve got you covered.
To find out more about the scheme, speak to your club or society or reach out to the Students Union.
Are you concerned about travelling home after club or society meetings? The GET HOME SAFE scheme lets you know if a club or society is committed to supporting your safe travel.
Information for Club and Society Signatories
The GET HOME SAFE scheme is a voluntary initiative being trialled by the Students’ Union with sports clubs and societies to help encourage safe and supported travel home for students. The scheme was initiated to ensure the safety of students travelling home alone, particularly in areas without sufficient street lighting.
By promoting the scheme, students can easily identify clubs and society that are committed to helping them return home safely and can request support without any fear of embarrassment or hindrance.
The aim of participating clubs and societies in the GET HOME SAFE scheme is to provide support to students who request it in a manner that works for both the club or society and the student(s).
There is no requirement for clubs and societies to offer specific means of support or mandate how all members travel. The support offered can take various forms, and the primary concern is to ensure that students feel safe without endangering any other students. The scheme is designed to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of individual clubs and societies and their members.
If your club/society agrees to participate in the scheme, you will be able to brand the society as a GET HOME SAFE club/society and add this to your own marketing and information online and at events like Freshers’ Fair.
It is important to note the scheme’s aim is to offer practical solutions and support for students concerned with travel safety; however, participating clubs and societies are not responsible for any incidents that may occur during a student’s travel.
This scheme is best led by the Wellbeing Champions within your club/society.
Potential means of support include:
- Forming walking groups of students heading in similar directions
- Designating a member of the society/club as an available emergency contact/someone to confirm a student has made it safely to their location
- Offering lifts
- Agreeing for groups to take the same public transport to/from sessions
- Using the Walk Safe+ app, which can help members plan their route home and stay connected with others during their journey. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices
The commitment is to providing support that works for the group and student, not to these measures specifically. So, be creative and innovative in whatever ways work to help give your members the confidence to attend your sessions and then GET HOME SAFE.