Street Angels is a new initiative being brought to Beeston by Hope NG9 Churches Together, with support from the national Street Angels charity, which was founded in Halifax five years ago and now operates in many towns all over the country. Hope NG9 is working in close partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council Community Safety Team and Beeston Police who are both eager to encourage the scheme. On Friday and Saturday nights, small teams of volunteers will walk around the town centre to help make Beeston a safer and more positive environment at night. They will be on hand to help people with things like getting to a bus or taxi safely, befriending anyone who feels vulnerable or looking after people who get themselves into difficulty, The volunteers will seek to engage positively with anyone they encounter, including young people who may be hanging around the streets and parks. They will also seek to diffuse potential conflict or disturbance and be on hand to call in emergency services at an early stage.
Beeston Street Angels will launch on Friday 11th March, beginning with a special commissioning service followed by teams going out from 9pm until 12pm. The launch will be attended by the Mayor of Broxtowe, Pat Lally, together with founder of Street Angels, Paul Blakey MBE and Roy Crowne, national director of Hope Together, which Hope NG9 is affiliated to.
Although the scheme is being led by local Christians who are keen to show God’s love in practical ways, anyone is welcome to volunteer, subject to appropriate vetting and references. Full training will be provided. There will be a special opportunity to find out more from the founder of Street Angels, Paul Blakey MBE at the annual United Hope Event at the Pearson Centre on Feb 13th (see link here). Between 4pm & 6pm Street Angels leaders will be available so anyone can find out more or sign up to get involved. This annual celebration involves all local churches and this year is honoured to have as speaker Roy Crowne, national director of Hope Together.
Anyone wanting to find out more can contact Nigel Adams or Paul Ward of Hope Nottingham 0115 943 6081, firstname.lastname@example.org
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