Yormed Student Support
With the arrival of thousands of new students in York, the York BID, University of York, YUSU and YorMed have teamed up to provide first aid in the city centre, transport to campus and a recovery centre for those needing to recuperate from a night out.
Ashley Mason, Paramedic and Chief Officer at YorMed said: “This service is vital in ensuring vulnerable students who are unfamiliar with York are supported and taken to a place of safety.
"Having developed this idea since 2014 and piloting it in 2016 it’s great to see what a successful impact it is having.”
The system works by looking after students who are vulnerable, diverting them from dangers such as the river. The city centre provision consists of an ambulance and crew who will be mobile and know dangers such as the river edge at Kings Staith.
Andrew Lowson executive director of the York BID, which has funded the dedicated city centre ambulance said: “The York Business Improvement District is funding this project as it has a commitment to making the city feel safe and secure.
"The student population is vitally important to the York economy and we want to continue to attract new students from all over the globe to study in our city. Programmes such as this enhance the support network, especially around the river locations”.
Dr Rob Aitken, director of colleges at the University of York said: “The University of York is delighted to work with our partners in the city to ensure our students have a safe and enjoyable time.”