Good Night Out has today launched a crowd-funding page to raise £5000 for this UK and Ireland-wide roll out. Watch the campaign video and find out more here.
The first ever coordinated national action around safety on nights out, the Good Night Out campaign calls on bars, pubs, venues and clubs to improve their safety policies by signing a pledge and undergoing staff training, advice and support.
Good Night Out will launch during Fresher’s Week 2014 in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Galway, Limerick, and the Medway towns in Kent, with more cities signing up every day.
Piloted in London since March, venues in London including fabric, The Old Blue Last, Birthdays, Village Underground, University of London, Dance Tunnel, Dalston Superstore, The Lexington and more have already signed up to the campaign, undergoing the Good Night Out training and displaying posters with the pledge:
“If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can speak to any member of staff who will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.”
Tyvian Vigrass, Operations Manager at Village Underground in Shoreditch says of the campaign: ”Having been in the industry for over 20 years it’s refreshing to still be able to learn valuable skills and techniques when dealing with sensitive issues such as those brought to our attention by Good Night Out. This valuable insight to such an important but sometimes overlooked issue was unanimously applauded by the staff team, and we are proud to be a supporter of Good Night Out and their campaign to raise awareness among staff and punters in late night establishments.”
Bryony Beynon, co-director of the campaign coordinated by Hollaback London, says “We’ve been overwhelmed by support for the campaign from London’s night-time economy, who’ve sent a clear message to their punters that whether it’s sleazy comments, groping, leering, sexual assault or homophobic attacks, harassment will not be tolerated. The message from the rest of the country is loud and clear – they want this! We’ve created a UK and Ireland-wide network of organisers ready to end this kind of behaviour for good. We’ve already achieved big things with zero funding, and have the experience and knowledge to make this modest amount of cash go very far.”
Find out more about the Good Night Out Campaign and donate at http://igg.me/at/goodnightout
www.goodnightoutcampaign.org or Tweet us at @_goodnightout
If you’re a venue or are interested in bringing the campaign to your area, get in touch.
Posted on Tuesday August 26, 2014
In the four months since launch, we’ve been working hard with venues across London to raise awareness amongst staff teams from teeny bars to pizza vendors to large thousand capacity+ nightclubs, delivering training and getting down to the nitty gritty of what it means to recognise and deal with harassment, whatever form it may take.
We’ve also welcomed some new venues on board:
Finally, we’ve been in talks with groups, universities and organisations around the country who are keen to see Good Night Out have the same impact in their city. We’ve been developing a network across the UK and Ireland to make this happen, but we’re going to need your help. Stay tuned…
Posted on Monday August 4, 2014
First ever coordinated action on sexual harassment in clubs, bars and venues as Good Night Out launches
· The first ever London-wide campaign to end sexual harassment on nights out launches today, backed by some of London’s most high profile venues including Ministry of Sound and fabric.
· Posters informing patrons of zero-tolerance approach now displayed in bars, clubs and venues across the city with staff resources provided by anti-harassment group Hollaback London
Julia Gray, co-director of Hollaback London, the group behind the campaign, says “Groping, bum-slapping, and sexually aggressive behaviour are all too common aspects of night outs in London. We started this campaign because so many women and LGTBQ people submit stories of harassment and even assault in clubs and pubs to our website; and these experiences are now so commonplace that they’re actually putting people off going out altogether.
We’re challenging our nighttime economy to create safer nights out for all their customers. Taking on our up-front, coordinated approach means sending a public message that this behaviour won’t go unchallenged. We’re completely independent and are encouraging everyone to tweet their experiences on #goodnightout so we can ensure the pledge is put into practice.”
Endorsed by End Violence Against Women Coalition and Everyday Sexism, Good Night Out signatories working closely with Hollaback London on their harassment policies already include:
- Vice-owned pub and venues The Old Blue Last and Birthdays - University of London Union bar - fabric and Ministry of Sound - Shoreditch arts venue Village Underground
- The Alibi, Dalston Superstore, Dance Tunnel and the Shacklewell
Kirsti Weir from fabric says ““We’ve always had a zero tolerance harassment policy and we’ve been working with Hollaback London to boost our patrons’ awareness of our commitment to stamping it out with our online campaign and highly visible posters. It’s great that the Good Night Out campaign as a collaborative effort across London and it’s something we fully support and endorse.”
Auro Foxcroft, Director, Village Underground says: “We’re supporting Hollaback London and the Good Night Out initiative because we want everyone from the many communities and audiences we work with to feel comfortable and safe from harassment and prejudice.”
Dan Beaumont, owner of Dalston Superstore and the recently opened Dance Tunnel says: “We have worked hard over the years to ensure we’re welcoming in a gay-friendly crowd, so we already operate a zero-tolerance aggressive behaviour policy. Good Night Out and its message chime perfectly with this, so it’s great to see more venues taking this approach.”
Sarah Green from End Violence Against Women Coalition says “This is a brilliant campaign by Hollaback London and we congratulate all the bars and clubs who have signed up for recognising the issues and taking a stand. We asked YouGov to survey London women in 2012 about their experiences of sexual harassment in public places and found that almost half of younger women had experienced it in the last year. Clubs and pubs have a critical role to play in making their spaces intolerant of this behaviour. We wish the campaign every success.” Any business that is part of the nighttime economy is welcome to sign up for Good Night Out to receive poster series and discuss staff resources and training.
Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet us your experiences @hollabackldn on the hashtag #goodnightout
Posted on Friday March 7, 2014
You’ll find these posters in pubs, bars, clubs and venues across London very soon.
Tweet us a pic @hollabackldn if you spot one, and use the hashtag goodnightout to let us know your experiences!
Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2014