Jun 16, 2020

Helping Rough Sleepers During Lockdown

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.

Feb 10, 2020

Woking Street Angels Celebrate Their 9th Anniversary and Commission New Volunteers

Woking Street Angels and their supporters braved Storm Ciara on Sunday to commission ten newly-trained volunteers, and celebrate their ninth anniversary, at a special church service.

 

During the service, led by Revd. Iain Forbes at All Saint’s Church, Woodham, the new Street Angels were given lighted candles by the charity’s Trustees, symbolising their sharing the light of Christ with those in need.

 

Woking MP Jonathan Lord helped with the commissioning, along with the Deputy Mayor Saj Hussain and other members of Woking Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

 

Woking Street Angels are trained volunteers who walk around Woking Town Centre every Friday and Saturday night, whatever the weather, from 10pm till 4am, offering help, or a listening ear, wherever it is needed. Over the past nine years Surrey Police have regularly noted that the presence of Street Angels in our town centre significantly helps to calm tensions and reduce violent crime.  

 

Street Angels always need new volunteers. If you are interested in finding out more about what they do please visit this page, find them on Facebook or email wokingstreetangels@gmail.com

Nov 29, 2019

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Helps Woking Street Angels

Following a successful funding application to the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, this year’s newly trained Woking Street Angels now have smart polo shirts to wear when they are on duty during the summer. By wearing these shirts, Street Angels helping on the streets of our town will be easily identifiable when it is too hot to wear their hi-vis jackets.

Members of Woking Street Angels met with David Munro, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, to thank him for the funding. David Munro said: “I am delighted to present these shirts to Woking Street Angel's new recruits. I am proud to support the fantastic work of the Angels, and this will enhance their visibility even further in support of safer weekend nights in Woking." 

Woking Street Angels are the trained volunteers who, for the past eight years, have walked in teams on the streets of Woking town centre every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm till 4am offering help, or a listening ear, wherever it is needed. Street Angels work with the police, door staff, council staff and medical services to help night-time visitors have a pleasant and safe experience in the town. And it works: Surrey Police say that violent crime in the town centre during weekend nights, when the Street Angels are on duty, has reduced by over 64%.

Pictured are David Munro, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner with Woking Street Angels trustees and new recruits.  

                                                               Photo: Terry Habgood

Oct 25, 2019

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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