Guildford Street Angels celebrate fifth birthday
Guildford Street Angels, the flagship project of Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a special evening at St Saviourâ€™s Church in October.
Over 100 people gathered to reflect on five years of service and witness the commissioning of the latest group of Street Angels - one of whom was quickly drafted in to fill a gap on the team heading out that night.
Initially the Street Angels, mainly volunteers from local churches, went out on just Friday nights. Now, a total of 75 Street Angels cover Friday and Saturday nights each week plus ad hoc midweek nights such as A-Level results day.
Guests at the evening included District Commander for Western Division of Surrey Police Helen Collins, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Lesley Myles and Mayor of Guildford Diana Lockyer-Nibbs, all of whom affirmed the work the Angels do.
Helen Collins remarked that Street Angels need the police but, equally, the police need Street Angels and that they work in partnership.
Coordinator Lin Haynes said: â€œStreet Angels have made a real difference in Guildford and are generally recognised as friendly faces who will help out when needed â€“ and who carry an endless supply of lollies!
â€œVolunteers commit to spending one night a month from 10.30pm until 4am trying to ensure people are safe regardless of whether they are homeless or young people enjoying a night out.
â€œThey aim to get them home safely, especially if they become vulnerable, which can happen for a variety of reasons, not just the over-consumption of alcohol.
â€œWe are always looking for more volunteers. If you would like to know more, please visit the website, www.gtcc.org.uk or contact the Street Angels co-ordinator, Lin Haynes on 07717 876853 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.â€