Become a Street Angel and make Brid safer

Peter Wilson in his Street Angel uniform, chatting to Maddy Wilson.

Peter Wilson in his Street Angel uniform, chatting to Maddy Wilson.

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VOLUNTEERS are being urged to sign up for training to be somebody’s angel - and make Bridlington a safer place to socialise on a weekend.

A new scheme will launch in Bridlington this summer which will see ‘Street Angels’ walk the streets to be on hand to offer practical help and support visiting Bridlington town centre on a weekend night out.

The Street Angels will work from a town centre location and hope to help revellers by caring for, listening to and helping people.

Similar to Street Angel and Street Pastor initiatives in other parts of the country the groups of three or four will be equipped with two-way radios, first aid-kits, bottles of water, space-blankets and flip-flops for women with sore feet from high heels.

They will wear Street Angel jackets and caps so that they are clearly identified when out on patrol.

Peter Wilson, who is helping to organise the scheme in the town, said: “Street Angels can contribute much to a local area.

“Many of the towns and cities where these projects run, including Hull, Scarborough and York, report significant reduction in crime as thousands of people are being helped by these groups of volunteer organisations, who go above and beyond the call of duty, as they bring about real and lasting change in their towns.

“Bridlington Street Angels is primarily a Christian venture, although anyone in sympathy with its Christian ethos may volunteer to take part in the project.

“Financing of these initiatives comes from grants from charity trusts, Christian churches and individuals who wish to bless their local community as they have seen the benefits of such Christian nightlife initiatives do have on local towns and can have in Bridlington.”

Peter says that the angels will work alongside police to try and pacify tense situations, and pointed to work he had already done in Wolverhampton to show how effective their deployment can be.

“We spoke to man for over 45 minutes, he had been in a nightclub and had been ejected by door staff, and he was trying to go back in with a sharp instrument. We managed to talk him down and get him calm. In another incident we found a lad slumped in a doorway in December, wearing shorts and a t-shirt. If we hadn’t have found him, it might have been an ambulance taking him the next morning.”

A number of people have already shown an interest in training as Bridlington Street Angels (BridSA), according to Peter, and have visited other Street Angel initiatives in Yorkshire or worked, for over five years, as fully trained Street Pastors in other parts of the country.

Training courses will be beginning in early March this year, at Emmanuel Church on Saturday mornings, with the fully trained Street Angels being on the streets of Bridlington by the middle of the summer.

If you would like to become a Street Angel you will need to: be over eighteen years of age; have a reference from your church leader and/or a character reference; pass a DBS check (which replace CRB checks), which will be organised by BridSA; Successfully complete the training programme and commit to participate in up-date training; and commit to patrol at least once per month/12 times per year.

For further information about becoming a Street Angel contact Bridlington Street Angels, c/o 87 St John’s Avenue, Bridlington YO16 4NJ, call 416266 or email office@bridlingtonstreetangels.org.uk