In light of the murder of Sarah Everard, conversations around women’s safety became paramount.
Not wanting to waste an ounce of time, the women of Women’s Street Watch Newcastle took to the streets to offer support and a safe helping hand to women all over the city who need it.
The number of volunteers grew very fast, with people all over the region hoping to offer a helping hand in keeping our streets safe.
NewcastleWorld spoke with the organisation at the beginning of the month, where they explained their goals and how they help women:
"The number one way to get help from us is to flag us down if you see us - we wear pink high-vis jackets.”
“As we expand over the next couple months we are hoping to set up a phone number and brief restaurants and cafes on how to get hold of us."
Since then their followers have astronomically with more than 17,000 followers on Instagram alone.
Their popularity continues to grow, and they have helped a number of women throughout the nightlife scene in Newcastle. Offering them water, flat shoes and even just someone to talk to.
They have received a number of donations from crowdfunding, and everything from their Amazon wish list. They now have four wheelchairs so they are able to accommodate and help more women who need it. As well as first aid kits, body cameras, and much more.
Just the other day two of the organisers came home to more than 58 Amazon parcels that had been generously bought for them via their wish list.
We spoke again with two of the organisers who said:
“We’re overwhelmed by this response. I can’t ever remember being genuinely and utterly speechless.
“Boxes were piled right up our stairs, dozens of boxes. We have almost everything we need to be operating really efficiently.”
They are hoping to get official uniforms created for their volunteers next.