The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton joined with Bolton Street Angels at a service held at Bank Street Unitarian Chapel on Sunday evening 25th January.
The volunteers lead by Bank streets minister Stephen Lingwood shared their stories of what motivated them to go out in our town helping people whose nights had gone wrong. The evening was shared by Paul Blakey MBE the founder of the first Street Angels group and of the National organisation that helps to coordinate activities nationally for over 100 independent groups who work in towns and cities around the UK came from Halifax to get his encouragement to the street angels who are struggling for volunteers and a permanent home at present. Adrienne Tonge the groups Chairperson said since the group lost their base at 91 Bradshawgate twelve months ago the public have found it harder to find them if they want support during a nights out or if they wish to call in to offer their services as a volunteer.
We have had three homes in a year and our latest base at 43 Bradshawgate in The Envogue building is only a temporary arrangement. We are most grateful to Michelle Parkinson the licencee for allowing us to be there. It is in exactly the right location but is not a long term solution. Over the Christmas period Street Angels helped between 5 and 15 vulnerable people each Saturday night. Helping them get Taxis, calling Ambulances or parents. Volunteers who can give one Saturday night a month 10pm until 3am are asked to visit our website www.boltonstreetangels.org to contact us.