Street Angels are volunteers who believe that people deserve care and love in their time of need. Those needs could be as a result of homelessness, intoxication, drug abuse, assault or any other issue which has caused personal distress or the potential for physical harm. They help people whoever they are and whatever their situation, for example by listening, caring, offering practical help or by referring people to other (specialist) agencies who can help them. Street Angels operate under the management of the Town Centre Chaplaincy with volunteers representing people of different faiths and none. Volunteers are over 18, DBS checked, interviewed and trained.
The Guildford Street Angels programme operates with support from Surrey Police and the Safer Guildford Partnership. Guildford Street Angels operate on Friday, Saturday and occasional weekday nights from around 10.30 pm until around 4.00 am when all the bars and clubs are closed.
What difference does it make?
Street Angels (and similar programmes such as Street Pastors) have been springing up across the UK over the lastfew years. They make a really positive impact on crime and antisocial behaviour in town and centres (particularly in the vicinity of bars and clubs) by providing a calming presence on the streets late at night.
Our Street Angels Coordinator, Fiona Ford, is responsible for the recruitment (and checking), training, deployment and support for volunteer Street Angels. Fiona works in collaboration with the Police and emergency services, Borough Council, Town Centre Manager, door staff, Pub Watch and many other agencies in Guildford.