Huddersfield Street Angels are shortlisted for the Huddersfield Examiner Friend of the Year award - here is what the newspaper had to say:
“THEY are a familiar and reassuring presence for the many revellers enjoying nights out in the town centre.
Dressed in their high visibility jackets, Huddersfield Street Angels walk the streets, casting a protective eye over drinkers and offering help to those who are disorientated or have become separated from friends.
This group of Christian volunteers have been helping keep those enjoying nightlife in the town safe since 2007.
It is their dedication to the project that has seen the team nominated in the Friend of the Year category.
Founder member Dianne Hughes said: "We’re thrilled to bits. It’s wonderful to be recognised for what we do and gives us a real boost to carry on.
"I think what we do is very important and the police have said that because of groups like us the crime rate on the streets has dropped.
"The young people are out to have a good time, but for those who need help we’re there for them and they seem very grateful that we are."
The angels walk the streets on Wednesday and Saturday nights, talking to clubbers as well as keeping in contact with door staff and police.
They are trained in first aid and can help members of the public who have drunk too much or suffered minor injuries.
The volunteers hand out hot drinks and bottled water and even give flip flops to female drinkers with sore feet after hours of dancing in high heels.
Since being formed as part of Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Partnership, the group has helped reduce violent crime in the area by 40%.
They are going from strength to strength with a recent recruitment drive boosting the number of volunteers to around 32.”
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