If you like to indulge in York’s nightlife, much like myself and many others, you may have noticed some people in orange reflective jackets that grace our streets at the weekend, if you have ever wondered who they are then wonder no more, they are the volunteers for York Street Angels.
York Street Angels are around the city every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm and will meet at the cities churches to prepare for their evening. The group patrol the streets to visit pubs and bars to help those who may be in need. They will help anyone who may be in distress or in a vulnerable position, be it from drinking too much alcohol and can’t get home or even just being to provide an ear to listen.
The group have been working in the city centre for the last two years and recognized the need to provide a warm and safe place for the young and vulnerable people of York. They also provide other services such as drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy crisis centers and homeless services.
The group of volunteers are currently looking to receive further funding of £5,000 with their new “safe haven” initiative which will help them to be able to convert a double decker bus to be used as a highly visible and accessible place, this means they can administer things such as first aid and a safe place to stay whilst the team help the young and vulnerable home safely.
Without these much needed volunteers in York, those people that do need a safe place to stay, or even a hot drink to hand and a much needed ear to listen to them, the city would not be the same without them..
North Yorkshire Police have also stated that they appreciate the marvelous work that the Street Angels do as they help reduce alcohol related crime and disorder.
For York Street Angels to get that much needed funding, you can vote for this amazing group through Lloyds banking group, hopefully with the communities votes, York street angels will be given that funding, the web link is listed so you know where to vote.The funding will also able the street angels to meet more needs for the young and vulnerable people, making York a safer place.
Remember to vote York Street Angels here and one day it could be you or a friend that may need their help.