Several Leeds Street Angel volunteers will be at Leeds Festival next month helping run Lost Property, a Prayer Cafe and Festival Angels detached teams across the Festival site! More information is at www.leedsfestivalangels.org.uk - here is a video from last year...
Leeds Street Angels received funding from West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner last night - here is Beth and Sara at the award ceremony...
Some of the Leeds Street Angels volunteers took part in a first aid course to train us in delivering first aid to those we come across in need on the streets... The course was delivered by Colin from Street Angels First Aid.
Street Angels News: July 2014
Thank you to everyone who has been out on patrol!
We’ve had some great feedback this month, with people getting in touch to say:
2nd June: You guys do a brilliant thing.. last friday I had waayyyy to much to drink.. very embarrassing and thanks to you guys and a couple of the public.. my mum picked me up and I got home.. thanks sooo much I can only imagine where I would have ended up!! So ye your brilliant and thanks again!! X
WELL DONE ANGELS – that is fantastic work!!
Some of us also had some fantastic First Aid training with the lovely Colin – watch this space for equipment, resources & increasing our impact on the streets.
Essential sign ups this month are:
Come out for Le Tour! Friday 4th & Sat 5th July are set to be BIG nights on the streets of Leeds – come out on patrol, and you never know who you might meet!
Basic Training - Monday 7th, 7.30pm – 9pm. Who could you invite along to be part of the project??!
Beth’s goodbye curry! Come and say goodbye & eat some curry! Please sign up for this on Friday July 18th, before a regular patrol. All participants will need to go back to the doodle poll to sign up for this, 7.45pm, Holy Trinity Cafe!
Dates for your diary:
7th July: Basic Training: 7.30pm Holy Trinity – who could YOU invite??!
18th July: Street Angels Curry! Make sure you sign up – from 7.45pm in the Holy Trinity Cafe!
The Steering Group is DELIGHTED to announce that from 1st September, Katie Waters, seen here on the right, will be taking over as Street Angels co-ordinator. She writes: “Hi everyone. I’m really looking forward to becoming the co-ordinator for Street Angels! I’ve so enjoyed going out on patrol over the last year and getting to know everyone involved in the project. And I’m excited to see how we can continue to develop. I hope you all have a great summer and see you in September.”
Have a look at the latest news of similar projects from across the country!
Winter is definitely arriving!!
With our thermals on and hot drinks down us, we set out on patrol. The cold is definitely one of the more worrying things at this time of year. Once people who have consumed a lot of alcohol sit down on the pavement, they get very cold, very quickly.
On Friday we met 2 females doing just this, and even though we wrapped them in foil ‘space blankets’ they were shivering and starting to seize up. We were able to help them stand & walk to a nearby safe space – at the British Transport Police Office. There we were able to wrap them in more blankets and at least sit inside with them. They eventually sobered up and were able to get a train home.
Good partnership working – well done teams!
Our intrepid Angels were out again on Friday night and it was office Christmas party time. These revellers are not so experienced in the night scene, and were surprisingly ready to be helped into a taxi and home for a cup of cocoa.
Others, though, unable to hold up under the alcohol, became aggressive … it’s strange when there’s a scuffle how lads suddenly converge from almost nowhere, but it’s mostly pushing and shoving. The role here for the Angels is not to get involved but to stand by looking authoritative. This is often enough to calm things down.
Lots of people in town on Friday night after Kaiser Chiefs – but not the riot some predicted (sorry….!).
It was a good night & we spent time with visitors from Manchester, Liverpool & Scotland – It’s great to be able to welcome people to our lovely city! We worked hard to get a young man off the road, to get a very distressed lady safely into a taxi, and to help find someone who was upset and who had run away. We thank God for wonderful volunteers and to be able to work with agencies like the ambulance & the police.
After some fantastic training covering personal safety & awareness, we headed out into the night!
Although town didn’t feel very busy, there was some kind of an ‘edge’ to it – and soon we were helping individuals sober up enough to get them into taxis. Something that always strikes me – is that people so often end up on their own – in a state where they can’t help themselves. When you’re out and about – STICK TOGETHER! We had some great new volunteers, and finished the night about 3.15am…we were ready for bed!’