Trinity Leeds, the prominent retail and leisure destination, marked its formal launch as the largest ‘Ask for Angela’ venue in the city during a special event that brought together key organizations from across Leeds. The event, which coincided with International Women’s Day, featured public engagement through ‘contact pods,’ offering information on community support and services available to women and girls.

Led by Leeds City Council and Women Friendly Leeds, the Ask for Angela scheme is a pivotal part of the Safer Leeds initiative and was inaugurated in November 2021. Since then, it has expanded to over 600 venues in Leeds, encompassing nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, and leisure centres. The scheme allows individuals who feel unsafe to discreetly request assistance by asking for ‘Angela’ in participating venues, where staff members have undergone training to provide discreet support.

Trinity Leeds, along with its staff and numerous bars, restaurants, and evening venues within the complex, have now become part of the Ask for Angela scheme. Plans are underway to extend its implementation to retailers in the future.

Furthermore, the event showcased the WalkSafe Leeds app, a free and inclusive national app with a city-specific version that identifies businesses participating in the Ask for Angela scheme. This app is designed for use by residents, commuters, and visitors to plan safer journeys.

A participating certificate was presented to Trinity Leeds by Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources with responsibility for Safer Leeds.

Councillor Coupar said; “Ensuring women and girls are safe and feel safe in our city is absolutely key to our ambition for Leeds to be the best city. We have been making great strides towards raising awareness of women and girls’ safety and our campaign to end violence against them.

“I am delighted that Trinity Leeds has signed up to the Ask for Angela scheme, it is another significant step in addressing violence, abuse, harassment and inappropriate behaviour towards women and girls in the public realm. I hope that women will feel reassured knowing that there is such a large space in the city centre where they can always go for assistance if they ever feel unsafe.

“I would like to thank all of our partner organisations, including Safer Leeds and West Yorkshire Police, for their complete focus on this as we continue to introduce initiatives that will help keep women and girls safe and included in everything our city has to offer.”

Centre Director at Trinity Leeds, Steven Foster said; “We’re proud to welcome so many wonderful organisations and inspiring women, giving them the chance to spread awareness of their work in the community and how they provide valuable support for women and girls in Leeds. It’s great to join the Ask for Angela scheme and we hope our involvement will encourage more venues to sign up too.”