Barry Coppinger with Street Angels from of all of the Cleveland areas
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, and Cleveland Chief Constable, Jacqui Cheer, are hosting an event tonight to celebrate the amazing work done by Street Angels across the whole Cleveland area.
Street Angels are volunteers who give up their time on weekend evenings to provide support to people on nights out who may need assistance. This could be handing out free flip flops to females who are struggling to walk in high heels, administering first aid, or placing vulnerable people in taxis to ensure that they arrive home safely.
There are now Street Angels projects in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Guisborough, with more than 100 volunteers providing care and compassion to those who find themselves in need in the night time economy on Friday and Saturday evenings.
All are fully trained and DBS checked, and are able to refer those in need of longer term help to the many excellent public and charitable services available locally.
Volunteers come from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds, all with a real desire to provide help without judgement and regardless of circumstance.
Barry Coppinger said: "I am delighted to be able to recognise the hard work of all of these tremendous volunteers who are out every weekend, sometimes in the freezing cold and rain, providing support to those in need.
"The work which they do assists the police and other emergency services immensely, and in many cases they are able to resolve issues without the need for additional assistance from core services, thereby enabling the police and other emergency services to focus where they are most needed.
"I have been out myself with all the projects and seen first hand the commitment and dedication shown by the teams.
"During the last year across Cleveland Street Angels have handed out over 800 flip flops and 400 hot drinks, recovered over 4500 bottles and other glass receptacles, placed 76 vulnerable people in taxis, administered first aid to 167 people and put in over 6500 volunteer hours. I think this is an amazing achievement which deserves recognition."
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: "This evening has been arranged as a way of saying thank you to the volunteers and organisers who are involved with Cleveland Street Angels for their hard work, commitment and dedication.
"The Street Angels provide a highly visible presence in our towns late at night on busy weekends when people who are using the night time facilities are potentially at their most vulnerable and when our officers are usually at their busiest. They not only provide support to these vulnerable people but they also support the emergency services in many ways and I am very pleased to be able to express my gratitude to them on behalf of Cleveland Police."
Steve Brock, Project Manager for Stockton Town Pastors and Regional Coordinator for Street Angels - Christian Nightlife Initiatives, added: "It is tremendous news that Cleveland's Police & Crime Commissioner has chosen to say thank you to all who are involved in local projects.
"He has recently been on patrols with each, and I know that he is impressed with the commitment of each of the volunteers and with the practical relationships they have built with others who work in that environment.
"Street Angels projects continue to grow in towns and cities across the UK - the most recent being Manchester; and volunteering with them is a great way to express care for your town and its people."
The event, being held at Cleveland Police’s Headquarters in Ladgate Lane, will also be attended by Paul Blakey MBE, who is the national Chief Executive Officer for the CNI (Christian Nightlight Initiatives) Network.
Click here to view a picture gallery of Cleveland Street Angel Projects
Posted on Thursday 27th November 2014