Halifax club re-awarded White Ribbon status as safe venue

A Halifax club has retained its award for commitment to customer safety and for taking a stand against violence.

ATIK & Vinyl was first awarded the prestigious award back in 2014, when it was Liquid & Maine Street, and was then the first music venue in West Yorkshire to be recognised for its commitment to customer safety and for taking a stand against violence. ATIK is the largest club so far to reach the white ribbon Accreditation standard and many more are expected to follow.

The Commercial Street club will be re-awarded the White Ribbon Campaign Music Venues Award when General Manager, Adrian Broadhead, will be presented with a plaque, on Saturday 25 November.  To mark the occasion, the club will be hosting an Ibiza ‘White’ themed party.  There will also be live music, dancers and performers to get the party started in ATIK, with a live performance from chart topping 90’s band, Five in Vinyl.

To gain the award ATIK & Vinyl produced and delivered a seven-point plan which included staff training, poster displays, the promotion of White Ribbon aims and encouraging people to sign the WRC pledge: “Never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.”

Adrian Broadhead, manager of ATIK & Vinyl, said: “As a business our focus is centred on providing a great night out in a welcoming and safe environment for both women and men.

“We have continued to work with the White Ribbon Campaign because we support its aims and we wanted to do everything we could to ensure and promote safety at our venue.

“We are proud to regain the award and to help raise awareness of the campaign’s work.”

Chris Green, director of White Ribbon Campaign UK, said: “We are delighted to have the support of such a large prestigious venue and we hope more music venues will follow the lead of ATIK & Vinyl Halifax.

“We have already had success in working with local councils, starting with Calderdale, and we now have the support of councils in more than 50 cities and towns across the UK.”

Detective Chief Inspector David Shaw, Safeguarding Lead for Police in Calderdale said: “West Yorkshire Police’s top priority is protecting vulnerable people and we have and continue to carry out extensive work to tackle and combat violence – including that committed against women.

“The issue is not, however, one we can tackle in isolation. We need members of the public and partners from all areas to work closely with us to make sure our efforts have the maximum impact. I am delighted that ATIK and Vinyl has retained this prestigious award as it recognises the club’s continued commitment and hard work in this area.”

PC Michelle Cheney, Ward Officer for the Town Centre said: “We continue to work hard to make Halifax a safer place of an evening which has resulted in a significant reduction in offences across the night time economy. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign and ATIK and Vinyl. Together we can raise awareness about violence and celebrate how safe our town centre is to enjoy.”

The White Ribbon Campaign has been running in the UK since 2004. It was set up by men who wished to take a stance and make a visible personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.