A second night of glory for South Tyneside Street Angels

Norma Thirwall presents the Volunteer of the Year award to members of Street Angels South Tyneside.

Norma Thirwall presents the Volunteer of the Year award to members of Street Angels South Tyneside.

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Success at the awards came to the Street Angels South Tyneside for the second time in four years.

And that’s a pretty impressive return for a project which was only launched in 2012.

We are appreciated by the young people and it is not just with high-fives and photographs. There is a real sense that we are all in this together

Judith Oldroyd

Chair of the group Judith Oldroyd said it was “a wonderful feeling to be accepted twice as winners”

Street Angels also won back in 2013 in recognition of its work to help keep people safe on a night out in South Shields.

The nomination for the cause said: “Since the Street Angels project was launched in 2012, volunteers have been out on patrol on Saturday nights in the town centre on the lookout for revellers in need of support.

“As well as giving first aid to those who have been hurt, they make sure those who are worse for wear are taken safely to a taxi, or rehydrated with a bottle of water.

“The team also carry flip-flops to help out women in agony after a night of dancing in heeled shoes.

“Street Angels patrol the town centre on Saturdays from 10.30pm until 3am. All angels are trained in basic first aid, conflict management and safeguarding.

“They are also in constant contact with the CCTV team and are supported by police and door staff. “

Judith added: “We are appreciated by the young people and it is not just with high-fives and photographs. There is a real sense that we are all in this together.”

She said the people of South Tyneside do like to feel that there is someone looking out for them.”

The group would love to hear from more people willing to join up as volunteers.

There’s a core of more than a dozen people on the books but Judith added: “We could always do with more.”

She urged people to come forward and make a difference.

Those who would like to join should contact Street Angels South Tyneside on 07973 470212.

Also shortlisted;

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.

Cruse Crew.