Street Angels seek more volunteers to help keep South Shields drinkers safe

A call has gone out for a new generation of guardian angels to help keep people safe on a night out in South Shields.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 1:56 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 2:01 pm
Street Angels in South Shields town centre, with Tony Jackson, left, and Rob Roy.
Street Angels in South Shields town centre, with Tony Jackson, left, and Rob Roy.

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.

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Now, the team is on the lookout for more people to join its Good Samaritans who provide support to those whose night out runs into problems.

An information evening has been organised where anyone interested can find out more about being a street angel.

June Valente, group co-ordinator, said: “If you like team work, are a good listener and want to make a difference then being a Street Angel will be ideal.

“All we ask is people volunteer one Saturday a month to the project and in return they will be first aid trained as well as trained in conflict management and safeguarding.

“For people looking for a job, these are valuable traits to have and it would also be great to have on your CV.”

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.

Mrs Valente added: “There is no upper age limit. However street angels should have a reasonable level of fitness, as a shift can involve a lot of walking, standing and possibly kneeling down attending to those who are injured.”

An information event will be held on Thursday at The Church Centre at 1 Broughton Road, South Shields, at 6.15pm.

People can also contact June on 079736 470212 email [email protected] for more information.