A Plea For Help
As lockdown eases, pubs and clubs are making plans to reopen. Woking Street Angels are also making preparations so that we are ready to send teams back out onto the streets of our town when they are needed. To do this, we will need to purchase PPE (masks, gloves, safety glasses, aprons and sanitiser) to safeguard our volunteers. This is an additional and large, unexpected cost, but one that is absolutely necessary.
Due to Covid-19, many funding pools have understandably diverted their funding to support charities and groups directly involved in efforts surrounding the pandemic. This means we are unable to apply for funding at the moment. We know that Covid-19 has hit many businesses and individuals hard, but if you or anyone you know may be able to help with a donation it would greatly help.
If you would like to make a one-off payment, please email us at email@example.com or donate up to £10 via text message, texting WSA and the £ amount (e.g. WSA £5) to 70085. For more information on how to donate please visit the Get Involved page.
Many thanks to all our supporters. Your thoughts and prayers are equally valued at this time.
Coronavirus halts 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.
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.