A RALLYING call has gone out in a bid to boost a group of volunteers who help keep the streets safe.
South Tyneside Street Angels is on the lookout for more people to join its army of saviours who look out for revellers in need of support.
The scheme, which runs in South Shields town centre at weekends, was launched in June 2012, and has been hailed a success by police and pub managers.
As well as giving first aid to those who have been hurt, they make sure those who are worse for wear are taken safely to a taxi, or rehydrated with a bottle of water.
The team also carry flip-flops to help out women in agony after a night of dancing in heeled shoes.
Co-ordinator Pauline Bittlestone said: “The Street Angels scheme has been really successful, but we could do with some more volunteers, so we can have more teams working more nights, helping more people.
“We currently have 10 Street Angels and we would love to be able to double those numbers.”
As well as helping keep people safe, those who volunteer can also boost their CV.
Mrs Bittlestone added: “It’s really good for those who are looking for employment, as it shows a willingness to take things on. It is really good, and the camaraderie among the angels, and those we meet out on the town, is brilliant.”
All new recruits, who operate in teams of three, will receive training to help them stay safe.
Would-be Street Angels must be over the age of 18. Shifts are on Friday and/or Saturday nights between 10pm and 3am.
For more information, and to register an interest in becoming a street angel, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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