“My daughter was recently helped by the Street Angels; until then, I had not heard of them. When I looked at their website, I was hugely impressed with the compassionate open-minded support they offer people in times of vulnerability. My night as an observer on a shift confirmed my view that the Street Angels offer a calm and caring support network”
“Street Angels are one of the Church’s gifts to our communities. Town centres patrolled by Street Angels see marked reductions in violent crime, sexual assaults and antisocial behaviour … and provide excellent opportunities for men and women who really want to roll their sleeves up and get involved in their church and community, but haven’t found the right way to do that yet. I came away having met wonderful volunteers who really know what’s going on out there.”
“I find it really satisfying – it isn’t rocket science. You are sober, and they aren’t, so you can think straight; it all works together to transform the night … That is a joy! We can help to prevent crime from happening in the first place, so what we do is very worthwhile and really, really powerful. For example, calming down an emerging ‘fight’, by distracting people who are behaving unpredictably… with a few lollipops… (very often, they forget what they were arguing about and they are fine). You do see some very sad situations, particularly people sleeping on the streets who are homeless; or, (who) may feel vulnerable, but they know that there are people out there who really do care for them & want to help… I think that gives them hope & confidence. When something bad has happened… you just do whatever you can, in the moment. The very fact that we are there… doing & helping, is a huge source of strength to people… they know that they are not alone”.
“I have no doubt you take a lot of pressure off the police and are good for the general reputation and morale of the town… I was hugely impressed with the way Street Angels worked and the way it is obviously perceived and appreciated in the town. I lost count of the times when people greeted us with ‘Hey, Street Angels’ as though we were a welcome part of the street furniture. Congratulations and keep going.”