Who are Street Angels ?
South Tyneside Street Angels is a voluntary community group from all walks of life, who work with South Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police – to patrol the night time economy of South Shields town centre – mostly on a Saturday night. Our role is to assist in the health & well – being of all members of the public, to liaise with the local police and door security staff. We are there is help anyone we meet in the town centre during the night – the homeless, the vulnerable, those unwell, those needing our assistance. We chat, we listen, we care, we advise and we sometimes pray for others.
Who can become a Street Angels ?
Any member of the community who is over 18 years of age and has a clean Advance CRB check . The firs step is to contact our Co-ordinator and have a chat which gives you an opportunity to ask any questions. If you still want to join the team you will be invited to join a team that go out on a Saturday as an Observer. As an observer you will have the opportunity to see what happens first hand and see what incidents occur. This also allows you to ask the team members about the role. If you still would like to join the team, then the co – ordinator will rota you onto the shift pattern.
Do I need to be a Christian to join ?
No. Members of the group are Christians as the group was started by the local churches, but members of the public are welcome. Sometimes we pray before going out and some members might pray for those we meet (if requested). All members of Street Angels respect each other for who they are because we all have different skills and learn from each other
What is the level of commitment ?
Team members are asked to commit to at least one shift per month. The shifts are from 10:00pm – 3:00am. Sorry we can’t offer half shifts. Don’t worry is you can not drive as other team members can offer a lift home and we do have good links with the local taxi company.
What is the level of fitness do I need ?
A reasonable fitness level as the shift can involve a lot of walking, standing and maybe knelling down. In one night we recored a route of 6 miles (that is a lot of steps). Lifting people is a last resort (training is given) but on most occasions people can get up on their own or with some little support. If in doubt we take no risks on our health
What skills will I need ?
A good listener, caring heart and non – judgemental. Each member will bring their own life skills to each group. During the night you will meet a range of people, young / old, homeless, local police and door staff.
What training will I be given ?
All volunteers receive training in First Aid, Conflict Management and Drug Awareness. The First Aid has been specially designed to meet the needs of Street Angels and take place over one full day. The other training is done during the evening and the 3 sessions take 2.5 to 3 hours each. Refresher courses are held either every six months or annually.
What clothing should I wear / bring ?
Warm waterproof clothing and flat comfortable foot wear. In the winter thermals might be a good idea as you will be standing around in the cold a long time. Bring a mobile phone. All Street Angels wear a High Viz jacket while out.