The award winning Cheltenham Guardians Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is recognised as one of the most successful and innovative night time economy (NTE) care providers in the United Kingdom. Our trained volunteers have extensive wide-remit capabilities ensuring that we can comprehensively deal with most situations faced in the night time economy environment, from simple signposting and low level assistance to serious emergency safeguarding events.
Whilst safeguarding is our primary focus, our team is also kitted out with life saving medical equipment such as an automated external defibrillator (AED) and major trauma and burns kits.
Sharing a radio link with the police, CCTV operators, taxi marshals and venues we are well placed to respond quickly to any situation that requires our attendance or intervention. We benefit from an exemption to the Gloucestershire County Council traffic regulation order in the town centre meaning that our response vehicle can traverse pedestrianised areas in order to reach our destination quickly and safely.
Working with Gloucestershire Constabulary and Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Guardians CERT are committed to a combined statutory and third sector multi-agency response to Cheltenham's night time economy.
Our core mission the India Protocol is the most proactive and effective NTE lone female safeguarding initiative in the United Kingdom. This established and proven system is responsible for reducing the risk of harm on a Saturday night. We are committed to seeing the India Protocol adopted in every night time economy in the country.
As first responders we work closely with the emergency services. Our volunteers provide valuable support to our blue light colleagues. Our solid working relationship with frontline police officers and ambulance crews ensures a more comprehensive and joined up approach to the night time economy policing and care response. Service users are signposted to Cheltenham Guardians by both the police and the ambulance service.
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