A team of volunteers who help keep people safe on a night out have received an extra boost from police.
South Tyneside Street Angels is a small team of volunteers who help people enjoying a night out in South Shields Town Centre on a Saturday night. The team are there to help anyone who is in difficulty, are vulnerable or in need of assistance as well as offering a listening ear.
The Street Angels will give out water, adminster first aid, give out information about local emergency services, helplines and signpost to support agencies. And for those whose shoes are proving too painful to wear they will offer flip flops.
Volunteers go on patrol every three or four weeks between 10pm Saturday until 3am Sunday.
The team work closely with police and after seeing the great work they do PC Gary Collinson from South Shields Neighourhood Policing Team decided to apply to the Police Mutual Fund which has funding available for local groups who assist within the community.
PC Gary Collinson said: "South Tyneside Street Angels play an important role in keeping those enjoying a night out in the town centre safe, the work they do is a huge support to police and I'm pleased we've been able to secure this funding for them."