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Street Angels have been helping revellers in Huddersfield town centre for over 10 years but due to falling numbers it needs help.
Ian Atkinson, chairman of Street Angels Huddersfield said entry was available to anyone aged over 18. Anyone interested is then invited to join one of its teams as an observer.
The service has been a vital lifeline for all sorts of people over the years from those have drunk too much and need reassurance or First Aid to helping those who have been injured in disturbances.
But they’re not there to break up fights, deal with violent situations or arrest wrong-doers. They are an extra pair of eyes for the police and patrol the town centre.
They are there to scrape up revellers who’ve had far too much to drink, defuse potentially difficult situations and summon an ambulance if needed.
It’s not uncommon for them to call a taxi to ensure that the severely-inebriated get home safely.
The Street Angels movement was launched in Halifax in 2005 by Paul Blakey after he decided to do something about the Wild West of Yorkshire reputation that his home town had acquired.
Ian said: “This will give you the opportunity to see first hand what we do and an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
“Street Angels Huddersfield, are a Churches Together initiative. We are based in the Methodist Mission Café, Lords Street, Huddersfield .
“We patrol parts of the town centre on Saturday nights between 10pm and 2am in teams of three or four people. Training is mainly on the job, and we also run First Aid courses as and when required.
“Assistance can be as simple as offering directions, through to administering First Aid. We regularly give out slippers to ladies who find their shoes too uncomfortable to wear out on the street where there is often broken glass and vomit.
“Bottled water is often given out to people who are dehydrated or who have been sick and want to swill out their mouths. We also remove bottles and glasses of the street.
“In winter we often provide foil blankets to people who have become vulnerable. If you think this might be for you contact us now and we will arrange for you to join a team as soon as possible. I look forward to seeing you.”
For further information, contact Ian on 07821759802 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow the Angels on facebook @streetangelshuddersfield
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