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Council providing buildings for young people in danger

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing

Islington Town Hall Islington Town Hall

A council is turning its buildings into safe havens for young people in danger.

CitySafe Havens are places that offer refuge to young people who are facing an immediate risk.

Islington Council has now made the town hall in Upper Street and offices in Newington Barrow Way available as the borough's latest safe havens.

And council staff are currently being given training to help them deal with emergencies.

Islington's CitySafe Haven campaign - which was set up by the London Citizens group - is dedicated to the memory of Martin Dinnegan, who was murdered in 2007.

Students from Islington's Mount Carmel school, together with Martin's mother Lorraine, have played a leading role in setting up the CitySafe Havens.

Lesley Seary, the council's chief executive, said: "Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our young people.

"We're very pleased to join CitySafe Havens and offer local young people in danger safe places where they can go to find help and refuge."

Work is already underway for other council buildings to become safe havens.

Islington now has 13 CitySafe Havens, including The Happening Bagel Bakery in Seven Sisters Road, and Rowan's Leisure bowling centre near Finsbury Park station.

Isaac Cohen, owner of Happening Bagel, said: "I took part in the CitySafe campaign because we wanted to help and become actively part of a community we have been in for twenty years.

"And if as a safe haven we get to help someone in trouble, then all the better."

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