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. Street Angels help people whoever they are and whatever their situation, for example by listening, simple acts of generosity, caring, offering practical help or by referring people to other (specialist) agencies who can help them.
Street Angels (and similar programmes such as Street Pastors) have been springing up across the UK since 2005, and Woking Street Angels began in February 2011. They make a really positive impact on crime and antisocial behaviour in town centres, particularly in the vicinity of bars and clubs, by providing a calming presence on the streets late at night. In June 2015, Commander Nolan Heather, Neighbourhood Commander, Surrey Police, announced that “Woking town over the last year has seen a massive reduction in violent crime. For April 2014-March 2015, between the key times 2000-0400hrs, which is when the Street Angels are present, violent crime has dropped by 64.5%.”
To be a volunteer Street Angel you need to be over 18. Volunteers can be of any faith or none but must aspire to our core values of selflessness, being non-judgemental, honesty, integrity, professionalism, excellence, collaboration and partnership. Volunteers must complete an application form, attend an interview and complete the six mandatory training sessions. We obtain references and DBS checks for all volunteers. If you are interested in being a Street Angel volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.