Street Angels York section:
Street Angels York is a Church-led initiative made up of volunteers who want to help make York city centre a safer and better place. Each Friday and Saturday night at 9pm a group of volunteers, men and women from various city churches, meet at St Columba’s. There they don reflective Street Angels jackets, before splitting into groups of three to patrol the city centre streets and visit pubs and bars.
“Street Angel volunteers are likely to be approached by individuals needing help or information, from directions to the nearest taxi rank to where to find a safe place to stay for the night,” the charity says.
“Volunteers also identify those in vulnerable situations: single girls needing someone to walk them to a taxi or wait with them for a bus, guys who have lost their mates and their mobile phones, the teenagers drinking cider in the market stalls, or the homeless man who’s just had some guy pour a can of beer over his sleeping bag. Volunteers are there to care for those in need, to provide a listening ear and to be a safe and approachable person.”