Source - Diocese of York April Newsletter
Boro Angels is a project that was set up in 2009 as an expression of our Christian faith. We are an independent voluntary organisation and registered as a charity in 2011.
With a great deal of hard work and the support of a number of individuals and organisations, including some Middlesbrough churches, the first “Angels” took to the streets in January 2010.
Boro Angels volunteers patrol Middlesbrough town centre streets on a Saturday night until the early hours offering a friendly, caring, compassionate, non judgemental presence to any revellers that may need assistance. We work closely with CCTV operatives, door staff, police and other emergency services. We dispense flip flops, lollipops, water and first aid, sometimes assist people to find a way home, reunite them with friends, or simply offer a listening ear.
We find we come into contact with people with varying emotions, issues and needs. The homeless, those with relationship problems, victims of crime, addictions, health worries, the list goes on. We don’t have all the answers but we can try and point them in the direction of individuals and organisations that can help.
We continue to look to develop stronger links and partnerships with churches, voluntary groups, statutory agencies and local government, where appropriate, to help create an effective integrated service for those people we come into contact with and in the wider community.
My colleagues and I firmly believe that God is calling us to serve Him in this way, to help make Middlesbrough a safer, more caring place to be.
Please pray for the work of Boro Angels and the many other similar projects throughout the UK as we walk the streets expressing Christ’s love for people.
Boro Angels is affiliated to the Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network, who assist and support many such
projects across the UK. If you would like to find out about such a street project in your town or city visit their website at www.cninetwork.org.uk. Why not volunteer or just go along and observe them in action.
Chair - Boro Angels