The second phase of a campaign has been launched in Lincoln, reminding people to return home quietly after a night out in the city centre.
The Shush project is led by a number of organisations in the city, including City of Lincoln Council, West End Residents’ Association, Lincoln BIG, Lincolnshire Police, the University of Lincoln and its Students’ Union and Bishop Grosseteste University and its Students’ Union.
The overall aim is to encourage a sense of community spirit so that people enjoy a night out in the city but return home quietly without causing any noise or disruption.
It forms part of a much wider community cohesion project that involves several groups and organisations in Lincoln.
The next part of the Shush campaign will include temporary logos being spray painted on to paths, logos being displayed in city centre bars and clubs and pens with the logo being handed out to students alongside good neighbour leaflets and bin collection information.
Councillor Rosanne Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Community Cohesion and Social Inclusion at the council, said: “The Shush campaign is part of a wider plan to encourage a real sense of community spirit in the city.
“It doesn’t want to discourage people from enjoying what Lincoln has to offer in the evenings, but encourage them to return home from a night out without causing a disturbance for anyone living along their route.
“It’s also not aimed at stigmatising any particular group of people. Instead, it wants to show how being a good neighbour can have a positive impact.”
Sandra Lewis, Treasurer of West End Residents’ Association, said: “We hope that people coming into the West End of the city will take notice of the signs when returning home from a night out and be respectful of other people’s ways of life.”
Marion Cooney, Evening Economy Manager for Lincoln BIG, said: “Through working with other partners on this project it has, and will continue to raise awareness to the importance of being considerate in your local neighbourhood as well as having a great night out in Lincoln.”
Wade Baverstock, Vice President for Welfare and Community at the University of Lincoln Students’ Union, said: “The Students Union has worked in partnership with City of Lincoln Council on a wide range of initiatives over recent years to help support community cohesion.
“This year, Shush is aiming to have an even greater impact, and with our Meet the Street events this year and Community Fun Day in the following, we hope that we can create a much more enjoyable community for all.”
Grace Richards, Carholme representative for the University of Lincoln Students’ Union, said: “The SU really want to build on the results the Shush campaign has achieved so far.
“It’s not about targeting any specific groups, but working together as a community to tackle an issue that effects everyone, whatever their background. As Carholme Rep the West End is my community, so it’s something I’m really passionate about.”