DRUNKEN revellers in Hull will be offered help by a new band of "Street Angels" in the city centre.
The group will tour city centre streets on Friday and Saturday nights to support any partygoers who are worse for wear.The new Street Angels branch will be based at Holy Trinity Church and work from 10pm to 4am.
Centred around Holy Trinity Square and Lowgate, they will cover the area stretching from Princes Dock Street to the High Street and Castle Street.
The group hope to be up and running by mid-April.
Former High Sheriff of the East Riding Adrian Horsley, who is leading the project, said: "I have worked in the Old Town all my working life and seen what happens down Lowgate in the evening.
"I have always worried about it being a bit frightening and not a particularly attractive place for people to go.
"When I was High Sheriff, I went to see the Street Angels on Princes Avenue and was very impressed .
"I thought we really need to do this in the city centre."
Made up of volunteers who will tour the city centre in high-visibility jackets, the Street Angels can offer practical help such as handing out water, flip-flops and getting people taxis home.
They all be trained in first aid and are there to talk to people and comfort people in distress.
Neal Barnes, vicar at Holy Trinity Church and trustee of the Street Angels, said: "They can help to people who get into difficulties and feel vulnerable if they've had too much to drink or things have gone wrong.
"Police deal with any criminal activity and the ambulance service help anyone who needs medical attention, but there's a whole raft of people who don't need police or ambulance, they just need a bit of help."
A successful Street Angels scheme has been running in Princes Avenue since September 2009.
The move to the city centre was welcomed by bars and clubs in the area.
Allen Slinger, who runs Kings Bar and Lounge in King Street, said: "There are situations where people do get a bit drunk or worse for wear and this lighten the load on the emergency services.
"It is good to try and combat any problems and make the area more customer friendly on Friday and Saturday nights."
The Street Angels Trinity will work with local traders, the police and ambulance services.
Sergeant Ian Goode, of Hull's violent crime and licensing team, said: "We are committed to making Hull city centre a safe for people to work, live and socialise.
"The launch of the Hull Street Angels Trinity will assist us in doing this as they will help offer extra pastoral support to people who have drunk excessively on a night out and help to get them home safely."
The Street Angels team is now recruiting a co-ordinator to lead the development and delivery of the scheme.
Once the co-ordinator is in place, they will start looking for volunteers who will be specially trained for their roles.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the Street Angels should e-mail enquiries @hull streetangelstrinity.org.uk or call 07580 032779.
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