Out on the streets – Tamworth Safer Town 20th December

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Outside ‘Wherever’ we met up with Staffordshire Police’s  Chief Superintendent Paul Trevor who kindly agreed to have his photograph taken with us.

Paul spoke warmly of the work done by the various groups within his area and paid tribute to the work of the Lichfield Listener’s, Burton Street Angels and others who give up their time to make our streets safer and support those who come out to enjoy all that our communities have to offer.

I’d like to thank the many door staff and, of course, the Police who are so supportive,  engaged and welcoming towards us and our work.

Merry Christmas one and all (see you on the 27th December)

Christmas on the Streets

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Well Christmas Day has come and gone and on the three Fridays before it we were out there making the party go with joy and  cheers rather than upset and tears!

As part of the ‘Safer Town’ project we were out there on Friday the twentieth of December with the police, sexual health teams and the Samaritans and were joined a bit later by Paul Blakey and his wife (Paul being the founder of Street Angels) – the two teams on the ground that night managing to cover the streets from 7pm until 3am in wild, wet and windy conditions.

The night saw us help people get home, hand out flip flops, perform first aid and generally get out there with those who’d come to party – and it was a great joy to be doing it.

If you’d like to get involved we have an introduction and induction evening coming up in January.

Date: Thursday 16th  January 2014

Venue: St Francis’ Church, Masefield Drive   B79 8JB

Time: 7:30pm

 

Why not come along and find out more?

‘Street Angels’ scheme will make Tamworth a safer place

Helen Machin – Tamworth Herald (14th November)

TEAMS of Street Angels are to take to Tamworth town centre from the end of this month as a scheme to make visitors and revellers feel safe gets underway.

At a meeting last week, six teams of four angels were formed and will take turns to patrol the town’s streets between 10.30pm and 2.30am.

Each team will have a trained First Responder with appropriate kit and a Townsafe radio linked to the Townsafe network and the other groups on the night patrols.

They will carry special foil hoodies for revellers who are suffering from cold.

Additionally, each team will carry flip-flops to replace lost shoes or high heels, water, tissues, wet wipes, plasters, rubber gloves and any other items required to clean up vomit or enable first-aid.

The Street Angels will wear labelled high-vis jackets.

Last weeks meeting about the Angels welcomed special guests Jean and Paul Blakey who set up the first Street Angels in Halifax in 2005.

Street Angel schemes now run in 125 towns in the UK and in 2012 the couple won the Big Society Award.

Leyfield’s vicar Vic Van Den Bergh is behind the Tamworth scheme.

He said: “We will be patrolling areas where people are vulnerable as a result of binge drinking, becoming emotionally upset, losing mobile phones, keys, wallets, friends, even breaking their high heels.  

“In every city, town or village where there are Street Angels, not only have the results been a safer environment, but also official statistics have shown significant reductions in petty crimes of assault, vandalism and theft, which obviously equal savings to us all. It was quoted that each call for an ambulance, resulting in a person going to A&E, without further treatment, costs the NHS £450. Many are low-level first-aid needs and such incidents could be safely dealt with on the street with considerable savings.”

The teams of four are radio coordinated and linked to CCTV and will be trained in conflict resolution.

Vic added: “Ultimately, what we all want, our town to be safer at night for our children, teenagers, residents and visitors – where there are no ‘no-go’ areas and people can return home safely.

That is why Tamworth Street Angels will be on the streets of our town on November 30, as the Christmas lights go on and the party season begins.”

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Read more: http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/Street-Angels-scheme-make-Tamworth-safer-place/story-20077017-detail/story.html#ixzz2oezc5YqW

Out on the Streets with Street Angels

Last night the Street Angels were out from 19:00 – 03:00 (Yes – EIGHT whole hours), and:

We put on plasters

Picked up unconscious people

Mopped up sick

Handed out flip flops – Lollies – Water

Talked to underage drinkers (to persuade them to go home before they were pulled up by the police for trying to get into clubs when EVERYBODY knew they weren’t 18!)

Stopped people being assaulted

Stemmed the flow of blood from a head wound

Picked up someone from the floor and tucked them up for the night

AND

met so many really wonderfully nice people in and around Tamworth!

It’s so much fun that I can’t understand why we don’t have enough volunteers to do this every night!

Search for ‘Street Angels’ to make Tamworth safer

By Tamworth Herald: November 03, 2013

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to join teams of ‘Street Angels’ set to patrol Tamworth town centre at night to lend a helping hand to revellers. The scheme is being set up by local vicar Vic Van Den Bergh who is hoping the ‘Angels’ will be out on the streets from the end of November. Vic is the minister at St Francis Church in Leyfields and is also chaplain to Staffordshire Police.

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He said: “Things have quietened down a lot in the town centre over the last ten years, but we have around 2,000 visitors to the town centre in the evenings Street Angels will provide a good opportunity for us to get out and help those who need it. It is not just about dealing with drunk people, but people become vulnerable when they have been drinking. We can help people who have lost their keys or their wallets – we will hand out flip flops to girls who can’t walk in their heels and we can be a support to the homeless.”

Teams of four Street Angels will patrol at any one time, between 10pm and 2.30am. Initially the scheme will be just one night a week, but Vic is hopeful that eventually it can be rolled out to several nights a week. An initial pool of around 20 to 25 people are needed for the first rota.

Vic added: “We will also help tidy up the town, picking up bottles and moving shopping trolleys and that sort of thing. It’s a great opportunity to care for people and to help make being in our town a safe experience for people. Street Angels will be people from our community helping people in our community.”

Each patrol of Street Angels will have a leader with a radio connected to the Tamworth Townsafe scheme. All will receive training in first aid and training from police in how to deal with given situations.  They will have a base in the town centre where they will serve tea and coffee.

Vic said: “This is about being a friend, not about pushing the Gospel or ramming Christianity down people’s throats, it is open to anyone of any faith or no faith at all, we are looking for a good mix of people aged 18 upwards.”

Tamworth’s Chief Inspector Donna Gibbs supports the scheme. She said: “We are looking forward to having Street Angels in Tamworth, they have had a tremendous positive impact in other areas of Staffordshire. They will be a valuable part of the team, freeing up officers to deal with enforcement issues.”

A public meeting for all those interested in finding out more about the project will be held on Friday (November 8) at St Francis Church in Masefield Drive at 7.30pm.

Anyone wishing to find out more can email tamworthstreetangels-enquiries@yahoo.co.uk or ring (01827) 319945.

Read more: http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/Search-Street-Angels-make-Tamworth-safer/story-20016580-detail/story.html#ixzz2kWTmMWqn

 

Tamworth Street Angels Launched

Tamworth Street Angels officially came into being on Tuesday July 2nd 2013!

Well, they came into being but the reality is that by the time recruiting, training and equipping the volunteers is finished it will be the middle to end of September before we see Tamworth Street Angels hit the streets.

So how can you find out more, or even offer to help and be part of the team?

The answer is simple, just go to the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of the page, send us a message, and we will seek to answer your questions – and hopefully welcome you into the team.