VOLUNTEERS from Macclesfield Hope Street Angels were joined by local MP David Rutley who witnessed their work providing help to people in need in the town centre.
Meeting at Hope Street Angels’ base at the United Reformed Church on Park Green he joined team leader Peter Cliffe and volunteers Andrew Melville, Lynne Kirby and Pam Simpson as they went onto the streets.
Together with the management of Macclesfield town centre, Cheshire police and local pubs and clubs, the team provides help to people enjoying time out on Saturday nights between 10.30 pm and 3am.
They help by giving directions or finding taxis, giving out free bottles of water and flip-flops, providing simple first aid and warm drinks at the church as well as lending a listening ear to those in need and referring more serious cases to the emergency services.
Mr Rutley also visited St Alban’s Church and met with volunteers at Winter Hope Accommodation in Macclesfield’s (WHAM) Night Shelter, as well as its co-ordinator Deborah Bennett.
The Night Shelter runs from December to March, with each of the six Macclesfield town centre churches involved providing shelter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and giving guests a meal on Friday and Sunday evening, and breakfast each day.
Saturday evening meals are provided by the Treehouse Food Kitchen, a charity supported by Hope in North East Cheshire.
The MP is a longstanding supporter of both Macclesfield Hope Street Angels and WHAM Night Shelter, having visited their services on several occasions.
He said: “It is always impressive to see the positive difference the Street Angels make by helping those in need in Macclesfield town centre.
“I would also like to thank the volunteers at the Night Shelter, for all of their work to support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“I hope that other local residents will consider how they can support these invaluable services going forward.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the initiatives can contact Pip Mosscrop on firstname.lastname@example.org.