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History

How We Began

In 2010, Christian churches in Woking came together with support from the Police, Woking Borough Council and Woking People of Faith to establish Street Angels in Woking. A small charity, Woking Street Angels, was established by the churches to run the project.
Building on core values of selflessness, being non-judgemental, honesty, integrity, professionalism, excellence, collaboration and partnership, and following the successful examples of similar projects in Guildford and Camberley, Woking Street Angels was established.

Over 70 volunteers - aged over 18 and from all walks of life - were recruited, and their training was completed early in 2011. On February 18, 2011, the first team of Woking Street Angels hit the streets of our town centre, initially operating on Friday nights only.  Such was the success and popularity of the Woking Street Angels that the police soon asked if they would also patrol on Saturday nights.  More volunteers were recruited, and in November 2011 Street Angels began operating in Woking Town Centre on both Friday and Saturday nights, from 10pm until 4am.

During the past ten years Woking Street Angels have clocked up the astonishing total of approximately 38,000 volunteer hours. They are now an established, popular and successful element of the night-time economy in Woking. According to Surrey Police, during the hours that Street Angels are on duty, violent crime in the town centre has decreased by well over 64.5%. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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