Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis, and Manon Goetschel, of Teesside University Students’ Union

Boro Taxis, one of the largest private hire firms in the North East, has added its support to a scheme that helps ensure the safety of Teesside University students.

As a member of the Safe Spaces scheme, Boro Taxis will make certain that Teesside University students, who find themselves in vulnerable situations, are assured of a lift home even if they do not have the means to pay for it.

Safe Spaces is run by Teesside University Students’ Union, along with other agencies including Cleveland Police and Safe in Tees Valley.

It involves scheme members displaying special stickers alerting students which Middlesbrough bars, restaurants, cafes and other entertainment venues will offer them a safe haven if they find themselves feeling vulnerable or threatened.

Now students, or the venues they seek refuge in, can contact Boro Taxis to make sure that they get home safe and sound.

Mohammed Bashir, Founder of Boro Taxis, said: “Teesside University Students’ Union, and its partner agencies, are to be commended for setting up a scheme that provides a safety net for students who find themselves in a vulnerable situation.

“Boro Taxis is proud to support an initiative that helps protect young people by ensuring that they get home safely if they ever find themselves in a risky situation.”

Manon Goetschel, Teesside University Students’ Union Welfare Officer, said: "It is important that, if students do find themselves in difficulty or in an emergency situation, such as losing their wallet or having their purse stolen, that there are mechanisms in place to help them get home safely.

“The scheme also is one of reassurance, not just for students but for their families too, by letting them know that there are people and businesses, such as Boro Taxis, in the Teesside community that are committed to helping look after their safety.”

Safe in Tees Valley, a social enterprise that advances public safety by the promotion of crime prevention and community safety, was instrumental in Boro Taxis joining the Safe Space initiative.

John Bentley, Safe in Tees Valley Chief Executive, said: “We feel that the Safe Spaces scheme is highly worthwhile and are pleased to have contributed to Boro Taxis becoming part of an initiative that helps keep Teesside University students safe.”

Participating businesses display the Safe Spaces logo and will call a taxi for students, offer help, call police for them or simply let them stay there until the problem passes.

If students find themselves at risk and in need of a lift home at a time when Safe Spaces venues are not open, they can call Boro Taxis direct. They will need to supply their full name and student ID number.

More information on Safe Spaces can be found at



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