Keeping Safe Ambassadors Return to Town Centres

Wednesday 28th April 2021

As retail begins to reopen across Northern Ireland, Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Keeping Safe Ambassadors are being redeployed back into the Borough’s five main towns – Bangor, Comber, Donaghadee, Holywood and Newtownards.

Keeping safe ambassadors are returning to Ards and North Down town centres

Fund​ed from Covid 19 financial support provided to the Council by the Department for Communities, the Keeping Safe Ambassadors will be in place from Fridays to Sundays and will act as a friendly point of contact for businesses, customers and visitors who need advice or clarification in relation to Covid-19 restrictions.

As well as being a reassuring presence in our town centres, they can assist with Council-specific enquiries and signpost relevant concerns to other organisations.

Keeping Safe Ambassadors were initially deployed into the Borough’s town centres during the lead up to Christmas as part of the Town Centre Recovery Plan. They provided a welcome and reassuring presence on the streets, and acted as a point of contact with the Council for the public to raise any concerns. They helped to deal with queries while also reminding people of current restrictions and offering advice.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“Since Christmas, the Ambassadors have successfully continued their role in targeted, high-footfall areas in public parks and open spaces, so I am delighted that they are now able to return to our town centres once again.

“Their presence will provide confidence to those visiting our town centres and help everyone support our local retailers but please make sure you avoid crowds, follow measures such as wearing masks, queuing and one-way systems, stay patient, and keep safe.”

Ards and North Down’s Ambassadors return to the town centres on Friday 30 April.