More than 800 people have used Dundee’s Safe Zone Bus scheme in the past year, the service has revealed.
The initiative, run by Tayside Council On Alcohol (TCA), is now in its third year of operation and helps out those in need after nights out in the city centre.
The bus is located outside the Lidl supermarket on Friday and Saturday nights and is run by a team of trained volunteers who help people get home and provide first aid to those who have become ill or injured.
The project is potentially saving the NHS and emergency services thousands, with a report on similar projects in the UK suggesting that for every £1 spent, the public sector saves £9.31.
Bus operator Xplore Dundee is a supporter of the project and has funded the purchase of a new “sweeper” vehicle that enables volunteers to bring people in need to the main bus for help.
Xplore engineering manager Franck Sheach said: “It’s an excellent project to work with in partnership and we commend the work these volunteers do each weekend with people who might otherwise find themselves at serious risk of harm.”
The project is looking for volunteer drivers for their vehicles during weekends in the city centre. Training is provided and anyone interested is asked to call the TCA on 01382 456012.