Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Liquid & Envy launches Girls United scheme to help keep vulnerable revellers safe at night

19:40 21 March 2014

Liquid & Envy, in New Cardinal Street, has been hailed for setting up Girls United, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Liquid & Envy, in New Cardinal Street, has been hailed for setting up Girls United, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

A popular Ipswich nightspot has today launched a new scheme aimed at keeping young and vulnerable revellers safe during a night out.


Town centre nightclub Liquid & Envy, in New Cardinal Street, has been hailed for setting up Girls United, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Emily Palmer, the club’s manager, said the initiative is designed to give female customers the tools they need to stay safe on a night out in Ipswich.

The venue has installed free mobile phone charging points in permanently manned cloakrooms and approved taxi firm numbers are clearly displayed at reception.

In addition, the Liquid & Envy team have been trained to look out for vulnerable young females, offer support and question anyone leaving the venue alone.

Two fully qualified female door staff will now be on hand every Friday and Saturday night.

Posters and flyers have also been spread across the nightclub, reminding female customers to stay safe.

The club is also urging customers to download a ‘Find My Friends’ app, designed to help people track down missing friends.

Ms Palmer, 30, who has been the club’s manager for five months after working her way up from behind the bar over five years, said: “Unfortunately, there are people out there ready to take advantage of young women who have left home for the first time.

“This policy is about educating our customers and employees so they are equipped to read the danger signs and are fully aware of the simple steps they can take to protect personal safety.”

Lynn Ambrose, manager at The Ferns, Suffolk’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) said: “This is an excellent initiative and we hope Girls United will be adopted by other late night venues in the county.

“Rape and serious sexual assault is a subject most avoid addressing so it is refreshing to see Liquid & Envy launching such an initiative that acknowledges we all have a part to play in keeping potential victims safe.

“While sexual violence can affect people from all backgrounds, it is young women aged 17-24 who, figures show, are at most risk in Suffolk. Equally young men aged 17-24 are the highest offender group.”

Ben Gummer, Ipswich MP, said: “I applaud Liquid & Envy for taking steps to help young women stay safe when enjoying a night out.

“I want Ipswich to have a thriving night life, but I also want to make a night life that is fun and safe for everyone to enjoy.”

Liquid & Envy is part of The Luminar Group, the UK’s largest nightclub operator. The company is now looking at rolling out the Girls United campaign to its 54 venues nationwide.



The launch of 'Pigs Gone Wild' at Trinity Park.

A piggie parade that is set to draw many visitors to Ipswich and raise £100,000 for a hospice charity took off in style last night at a glittering launch event.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended two road traffic collisions this evening.

Needham Road in Stowmarket where the crash took place

An 81-year-old cyclist who sustained serious injuries following a collision in Stowmarket last week has died.

Chelmsford Crown Court

Two teenagers that caused extensive burns to a Witham man’s face after throwing a corrosive liquid at him in a case of mistaken identity have been found guilty.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is in attendance.

A woman has suffered a “potentially life-changing” head injury during a crash in Beccles.

Pc Jason Lambourne

When Pc Jason Lambourne isn’t working for Suffolk Constabulary, he dons another emergency services uniform for work as an extra in hit television shows and films, including the latest 007 movie.

The area off Mount Pleasant in Framlingham which could see 95 new homes built on it.

Campaigners have been left “outraged” after a decision on whether to allow 95 homes to be built on greenfield land in a historic market town was deferred.

Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust . Photo: Steve Adams

A lack of beds and increased demand led to a four-fold increase in the cost of sending people with mental health problems outside of Norfolk and Suffolk in 2014/15.

Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of drink-driving.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after her car mounted a roundabout and collided with a sign.

Police called following contentious meeting of Long Melford Parish Council

Police were called to “restore order” at a parish council meeting in a picture postcard Suffolk village because one of the councillors claimed he “feared for his safety”.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages