Who Are Woking Street Angels?
Woking Street Angels are trained volunteers who, for the past eight years, have walked the streets of Woking Town Centre every Friday and Saturday night, whatever the weather, from 10 pm till 4 am, working with the police, door staff, council staff and medical services to help night-time visitors to have a pleasant and safe experience in our town.
"I just wanted to say thank you to the two ladies who helped my daughter on Chertsey Road in Woking on Saturday night. Unfortunately I cannot remember their names, but I won't forget the simple care and humanity they showed my very drunk daughter. The Angels do an amazing job in what must be difficult circumstances, and the compassion they show for people like my daughter who made some wrong choices should be a beacon to us all. Thank you." (May 2019)
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.
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.
There is much more information about how to become a Woking Street Angel here.