Letter: Five years old - and Street Angels still flying high

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Street Angels, Whitby, was launched in 2012 by Deacon Helen Webster.

Starting with 12 volunteers, the first team went out in the town centre on July 20, from 10pm to 2am, to help within the night time economy.

This Saturday (July 22), Street Angels will be holding a stall at Dock End from 10am to 2pm to celebrate its fifth birthday. People can learn more about the work they do, donate or find out about volunteering.

They are there to be a reassuring presence: to care, to listen, to talk and offer practical help to people on Friday and Saturday nights.

As a result, there has been a marked reduction in violent crime and alcohol-related arrests since these initiatives were started in 2005.

There are currently 19 volunteers but we are always looking for more help. Anyone over 18 can join, just being able to walk round for a few hours roughly one day per month.

Although a Christian-based organisation, being a church goer is not a requirement, just having a caring nature and desire to make our beautiful town a safe and friendly place to be at night.

Sadly, at the end of July, Deacon Helen Webster will be leaving us to take up another ministry, but Street Angels will continue to fly under the very capable leadership of the Rev Malcolm Jackson.

Please join us at Dock End on Saturday between 10am and 2pm. Visit www.street-angels.org.uk for more details.

Chris Koller and

Rev Malcolm Jackson

Whitby Street Angels