'TIS the season to be jolly and many will be very jolly in the pubs and clubs of Cleethorpes during the festive holidays. And looking out for vulnerable people will be the Street Angels.
They patrol Cleethorpes providing practical assistance, caring for, listening and talking to vulnerable people.
Jackie Fortune of Street Angels in North East Lincolnshire, said: "Our advice to folk out celebrating this Christmas is:
- Don't drink on an empty stomach and go easy on preloading before you go out.
- Don't accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.
- Plan how you will be getting home and save the number of a taxi firm onto your mobile.
- If there's any trouble stay well clear of it.
- Track your alcohol consumption and understand what's in your glass (units of alcohol and calories!) - visit the Drinkaware website and download the free Drinkaware app.
- Have fun and try to stay with people that you trust.
Responding to those in need, Street Angel's aim is to reduce emergency services calls by:
- providing practical help
- picking up discarded bottles
- helping people get a taxi home
- contacting friends or family
- being a listening ear
- chatting with people
- providing flip flops to those not wearing shoes
Street Angels provide a friendly face in the centre of Cleethorpes, helping to make everyone's evening as much fun and as safe as it can be.
The Street Angels project is co-ordinated by Churches Together in North East Lincolnshire. Volunteers don't have to belong to a church, but they do want to be part of a team working to improve the safety of people who are using our bars, restaurants and clubs.
The project is supported by Safer and Stronger Communities, Humberside Police, VANEL Volunteer Centre and other local agencies.
To become an 'Angel' you need to be 18 years old or over, provide references, undertake a CRB check and be committed to attending our training programme. You must be available for at least one Saturday night per month from 9pm to 2.30am. We will provide agreed procedures and training for your safety, and a Street Angels uniform for you to wear when on duty.
For further details or an application form contact Jackie Fortune on email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the Volunteer Centre at 14 Town Hall Street.