Angels who are taking to the streets of Newquay to keep party-goers safe, Pirans Angels will be taking to the streets to help the drunk and vulnerable from Friday
A team of volunteers who will be taking to the streets of Newquay to help drunk and vulnerable people will free up valuable police resources to tackle major crime.
Wednesday (June 12) saw the launch event of Pirans Angels, a group who will meet with people on the streets, at festivals, on beaches or at recreational areas offering help and assistance where they can.
Pirans Angels are birthed out of the Newquay Street Pastors who wound down in February this year and will be armed with flip-flops, space blankets, basic first aid, bottles of water and lollipops to help keep party-goers safe.
Pirans Angels held a ‘soft launch’ at Tunes in the Dunes and will be out and about on the streets of Newquay from Friday (June 14).
Founder Debbie Anderson-Jones said: “The street pastors were part of a national initiative whereas we are more local. Our t-shirts and literature are all printed in Newquay.
“Our team were all street pastors and we are an independent body and here to serve the community.”
Attending the launch event at New Creation Church was police inspector Dave Meredith who said that organisations such as Pirans Angels provide vital assistance for the police.
He said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder, we support them and they support us and we work for the common good of looking after vulnerable people.
“It’s great for us and the volunteers work as a support service. If they are on hand to look after a person who is drunk and unconscious it frees up police resources to deal with other ongoing demands such as assaults and drink drivers.”
Although Pirans Angels have volunteers from a number of different churches around the Newquay area, Debbie and her team are keen to stress that they are always on the lookout for new volunteers, whether religious people or not.
Pirans Angels currently has 10 volunteers but anybody aged over 18 who wants to get involved can contact Debbie on 07486563420.
Also involved is Debbie’s husband Simon.
He said: “Some people come here and get so drunk and we don’t want them to become a statistic. We don’t judge people and are there to help people, both tourists and locals, to get home or to their hotel safe.
“We’re in the heart of the community and aren’t here to criticise anyone, only help.”
Pirans Angels are also on Facebook and Twitter.
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