A PROJECT aimed at promoting the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of young people during late nights in Burton town centre has received a massive funding boost.
The Burton Breweries Charitable Trust has announced a major three year partnership with the Burton Street Angels which will see it provided more than £16,000 worth of financial support.
Established at the beginning of 2013, the group is made up of volunteers from churches in the vicinity who patrol the streets on a Thursday night offering a range of support to young people.
Rev George Crossley, chairman of Burton Street Angels, said: “Burton Street Angels shows the value of co-operation between different groups and organisations.
“Its purpose is to assist those who find themselves vulnerable, for whatever reason in the Burton night-time economy, to make sure they are as safe as possible and to take care of them whatever their circumstances.
“We have helped dozens of people who have found themselves vulnerable through drink or the behaviour of others and have ensured that they have got home safely.
“We have made a significant contribution to safety in the town centre and have helped Burton to be a better place in which to enjoy a night out.”
The funding will be used to provide a number of resources and, in the longer term, will support the training and development of volunteers and help the Street Angels to recruit new volunteers so that they can patrol the streets on additional nights.
Debbie Read, from the trust, said: “The Burton Breweries Charitable Trust has a strong history of supporting young people in the town and we were keen to work with the Street Angels.”