Jan 24, 2019

Tesco Helps Keep Street Angels Warm

Woking Street Angels are delighted with their new jackets and fleeces, which have been bought with a generous donation from the Tesco Bags for Help scheme. According to Street Angel co-ordinator, Lucy Chester, “There was a great need for the angels to have some new jackets and fleeces to ensure they are kept warm and dry, especially through autumn and winter. Tesco kindly included Woking Street Angels in their Bags for Help, scheme which has funded 20 new jackets and fleeces.”

Our picture shows Tesco Bags of Help community enabler Jennifer Rose with one of the new Street Angels jackets, along with Lucy Chester (first right), Cllr Beryl Hunwicks (third left), borough council Head of Community Safety Camilla Edmiston (third right), PCSO Mark Trappitt and Street Angels trustees.  The group met in the Town Square to celebrate Tesco’s donation and try on the jackets. Cllr Hunwicks, who holds Woking Borough Council’s portfolio for community safety, said: “The Street Angels have made a considerable difference and are unsung heroes. It’s wonderful that Tesco have provided them with the new kit.”

Police community support officer Mark Trippett added: “The Street Angels play a big part in helping vulnerable people in Woking and ease the pressure on the police during the hours they’re on duty.”

Woking Street Angels always need new volunteers to assist in their valued work in our town centre. 

If you are interested in becoming a Street Angel (and wearing one of these new jackets!) please contact Lucy by email on wokingstreetangels@gmail.com or call 07827 914714.

Photos: Tony Charters, Woking News & Mail

Oct 17, 2018

Woking News & Mail Helps Appeal For More Street Angels

This week Woking Street Angels were featured in our local paper, the Woking News & Mail, appealing for more people to volunteer. The article included a very supportive comment from Cllr. Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, who said that Woking Street Angels “are an asset to Woking, providing invaluable support in our endeavour to make our streets safer and friendlier for everyone. ‘For anyone who likes to go out for a night on the tiles, or those with family members who enjoy a night out, it is incredibly reassuring to know that there is someone waiting there in the wings, just in case a helping hand is needed. We cannot thank the team of volunteers enough for the work they do and urge anyone who has a little bit of time to spare, to consider helping this fantastic charity.”

Aug 07, 2018

Waitrose Addlestone helps Woking Street Angels this month

If you are shopping in the Addlestone, Surrey area this month do please head to Waitrose in Market Street, as Woking Street Angels are one of the featured charities in their token box. All you need to do is pop the token you are given at the checkout into the Woking Street Angels slot.

In the past we have benefitted from token box contributions from other local Waitrose stores, and the money they donate to us is always extremely useful. It costs around £20,000 per annum to run Woking Street Angels. We benefit from grants and generous donations from Woking Borough Council, the Diocese of Guildford, local churches, charitable groups, businesses, institutions and individuals, and we also fund-raise to meet all our costs.

Thank you to Waitrose and their customers for their generous support.

Jul 10, 2018

Street Angels Party In The Park

Woking Street Angels braved the heat wave at the recent Party In The Park event to help publicise the work of Street Angels in our town, as well as marking 100 years since the end of World War One and the momentous victory won by women to achieve the vote for the first time.

Street Angels gave out flyers and themed streamers and chatted with many visitors, including several people who were interested in becoming volunteers.

We are always looking for new volunteers - do please visit this page for more information.

Jun 03, 2018

Larking In The Square On A Sunny Day

 

This weekend Woking Street Angels manned a stall at Lark in the Square, a free community event hosted by churches in Woking and held in the Town Square and around Christ Church.  

Hundreds of people enjoyed the fun – and the sun – and our stall was very popular. Around 300 people joined in our free raffle, seven people signed cards for more information about becoming a Woking Street Angel and plenty of spare change was donated in boxes on the stall.

Most importantly, we had many friendly and encouraging conversations with local people of all ages and from all walks of life. One lady recognised two of us from when Woking Street Angels were featured on BBC TV’s ‘Ill Gotten Gains’ and was so impressed with what we do that she donated £25!

Thank you to all our volunteers - and their very helpful family members – who worked so hard to make the stall such a success.

Pictured are Woking Street Angels David and Bob offering lollies to a friendly visitor!

May 07, 2018

Woking Street Angels Need Your Votes To Bag A Share Of Tesco’s Bag Fund

Woking Street Angels are bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Woking Street Angels is one of the local groups on the shortlist. We thank Tesco for selecting us as one of the three recipients of the money raised from selling carrier bags, and encourage all our members and supporters to cast their vote for us whenever they shop in Tesco’s over the next few weeks.

Voting is open in Tesco stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. You can cast your vote for Woking Street Angels at Tesco or Tesco Express in Brooklands, Chobham Station, Knaphill, West Byfleet or Woking.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

May 05, 2018

Super Seven Are Now In Training

We are so pleased to congratulate Denise, Belinda, Ross, Jan, Maddie, Mary-Anne and Kevin, the seven volunteers who are half-way through their training to become Woking Street Angels. 

Once they have completed the mandatory training they will join the rest of the team in walking the streets of our town centre during Friday and Saturday nights, offering help, or a listening ear, wherever it is needed.

We truly thank this super seven for  their commitment, and look forward to seeing them very soon.

Our next training programme begins in the Autumn and we always need new recruits! If you are interested in becoming a Woking Street Angel, or would just like more information, please visit this page.

Mar 09, 2018

Welcome To Our New Angels!

Welcome to the eight newly-trained and commissioned volunteers who are now fully-fledged Woking Street Angels, ready to join our teams on the streets during weekend nights.

The new volunteers were commissioned during a special service at St. Peter's Church, Old Woking. The congregation comprised the new volunteers and  fellow Woking Street Angels, friends and family. We also welcomed Jonathan Lord MP, Cllr. Graham Cundy, Mayor of Woking, and representative from Woking Council, Surrey Police and Churches Together in Woking.

Special Guest Speaker was Paul Blakey MBE, founder of Christian Nightlife Initiative, the umbrella organisation for all the Street Angel and Street Pastor groups nationwide. His message encapsulated the ethos of Street Angels: “Demonstrating God's kingdom as a reality can change the world for others. We are called to love the person in front of us - whatever the time!"

 

 

Pictured above are the new Angels with guests, left to right: Monica, Lynn, Sue, Outi, Cllr. Cundy, Chris, Paul Blakey, Ian, Laura and Anne.

Also pictured: Street Angels' founder Paul Blakey MBE.

Mar 06, 2018

Street Angel Statistics From The Past Year

During their weekend night shifts in 2017, Woking Street Angels have given out 426 pairs of flip flops and 108 blankets to night-time revellers and those in need, they have picked up and disposed of 3750 bottles from around the town centre, and they have given help to 959 people.

Jan 10, 2018

New Volunteers Are Urgently Needed

Now in their seventh year, Woking Street Angels have a proven record of helping to make our town a significantly more pleasant and safe place for night-time revellers.

We are currently recruiting new volunteers, and the next training sessions begin on Thursday 12th April 2018 in the evening, in Woking. Anybody over the age of 18 can apply. If you would like more information, or to come out on a taster night and see what Street Angels do, please contact the co-ordinator at wokingstreetangels@gmail.com,  call on 07827 914714 or visit the web site http://www.wokingstreetangels.org.uk.

Oct 17, 2017

Why give out lollies?

Street Angels are renowned for handing out lollies to the people they encounter during their nights on the streets of Woking. There are three reasons why they do this.

Firstly, offering someone a lolly is an easy and friendly way of opening a conversation with them. 

Secondly, it's a way of giving a  person who has had too much to drink a quick sugar rush that might just help them to sober up.

Thirdly, an aggressive or 'mouthy' person is much calmer with a lolly in their mouth! 

Thank you to our sponsors BTCSoftware who provide the sacks of lollies that we give away on the streets.

 

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