On Saturday 26 November, an unusual festival took place at Osmotherley Church. There was an exhibition of ‘Angels’ and through the excellent hard work of our fellow Northallerton Street Angel; Liz Foster, a special ‘Angel’ – “Neckie” – was fashioned to take pride of place amongst other angels.
Neckie is still at Osmotherley Church and can be seen until Christmas.
The below is an extract of a letter which has today been sent to Pizza Express in Northallerton in response to a truly thoughtful act of kindness from their team towards our teams during our latest patrols. Street Angels have been amazed by the warmth shown to them through their Saturday night volunteer patrols and are so grateful to all in the town for their continued support.
On behalf of the Street Angels who patrolled the town on Saturday 8th October, can we express our thanks and gratitude to you all for the kind provision of a delicious pizza and a garlic bread.
When we heard someone shouting “Excuse me, Street Angels” we turned around expecting to see someone needing help – instead we were treated to the delightful sight of your chef bearing two boxes of food which was much appreciated by the team on their break in the Town Hall and by the patrol team who returned later.
We are now into our 4th month of operation and we are getting tremendous support from the public and also the owners of the night time economy and your kindness in providing something as simple as a pizza means a lot to us, far more than the food itself as it establishes a true connect between our two organisations.
You truly warmed our hearts on Saturday – once again many thanks, it was very much appreciated.
Local Northallerton Street Angel, Chris Bambrough, has put pen to paper to help show how Churches can support their fellow congregation when they have been volunteering as part of the Street Angel projects:
Northallerton Street Angels spent their first Saturday night out on patrol on 2 July 2016. Whilst no incidents of note came to their attention, the Street Angels were warmly welcomed by publicans, taxis drivers and those enjoying their night out.
The Street Angels will now be out regularly patrolling Northallerton from 10pm every Saturday night.
Northallerton Street Angels are getting ready for their first patrols which will take place in July. In a get together at the end of June for all the Angels who have been trained, they heard from Steve Brock from the Stockton Town Pastors on their first patrol experiences and had an opportunity to have any last minute updates given to them.
The Street Angels are looking forward to their first patrols in Northallerton and will be raising awareness of the project to local residents at the Northallerton Carnival on 10 July 2016.
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, met with the Northallerton Street Angels in April 2016.
Having funded the majority of funding required to get the project running in Northallerton, Julia was impressed with the commitment shown the volunteers who are currently finishing their training prior to starting patrols.
Northallerton Street Angels were the focus of a special Commissioning Service on Sunday 3 April 2016 at the New Life Baptist Church. A congregation of over 200 including Rishi Sunak MP, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mayor of Northallerton, High Sheriff of Northallerton and other dignitaries heard the positive impact that the project is hoping to achieve, as well as anecdotes from the founder of Street Angels nationally – Paul Blakey MBE. Continue reading
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Street Angels will soon be patrolling the streets of Northallerton but organisers are looking for more volunteers this Christmas to join the exciting, new project.
Thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, New Life Baptist Church is working with local police, Churches Together Northallerton Area and the Safer Hambleton Community Safety Team to introduce the new Street Angels scheme from Easter next year. Street Angels will work in groups and patrol areas of the town to offer reassurance and help anyone who might need some support on a Friday or Saturday night.
Training for these special, voluntary roles will begin in the New Year and applications can be made now to join the scheme. Angels do not need to be members of any church but want to work together to help those who need help and support on a night out. To be considered for one these roles you will be required to offer one Friday or Saturday night a month to patrol between 9pm and 2am. Continue reading