Woking Street Angels-for now
For the first time since our formation in 2011, Woking Street Angels are unable to walk the streets of our town during the weekend nights. Our volunteers are disappointed not to be able to offer the help for which they have been trained and which has so successfully made our town centre a calmer and more peaceful place. However, the charity’s trustees and its volunteers willingly comply with government guidelines in this unprecedented situation. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will return to the streets, ready and happy to help out wherever we are needed.
When Street Angels are on duty they often meet Woking’s rough sleepers. They chat to them, offer cups of coffee, warm clothes and other small acts of kindness. Since they are unable to do this at present, they ask their supporters to consider helping The York Road Project (YRP), the major local homeless charity in Woking. YRP is continuing to offer practical help to ensure that no-one has to rough sleep in Woking. In partnership with Woking Borough Council YRP has relocated all services to the HG Wells Centre with accommodation for rough sleepers now provided in Woking Hotel. They will be open 24 hours a day for the foreseeable future.
Please visit the York Road website to see how you can help with their invaluable work.
Woking Street Angels began in February 2011. Most Woking Street Angels are from local churches, but our volunteers can be of any faith or none. By providing a calming presence on the streets late at night, Street Angels make a really positive impact on crime and antisocial behaviour in the town centre, particularly in the vicinity of bars and clubs.
“Following on from the outstanding reduction in crime of 64% in 2014/15, Woking Town has seen further reductions year on year during the hours of 2000–0800. The good work in 2014/15 set a challenging benchmark, however during the hours Street Angels are active, we have seen this level not only maintained, but further reduced.”
Woking Safer Neighbourhood Team, 2017
Street Angels 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 has the potential for physical harm.
Street Angels help people, whoever they are and whatever their situation, by listening, simple acts of generosity, caring, offering practical help or by referring them to other agencies that can help them.
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply to train as a Woking Street Angel. Once trained, each volunteer commits to just one night-time shift per month.
There is much more information about how to become a Woking Street Angel here.