Some little time ago I had the honour of going out in the late and early hours with Aylesbury's Street Angels. Having learned more about them at a service at St. Mary's Church in Aylesbury I was keen to see them in action. This group of trained community minded volunteers offer practical help to those who need and want it. They offer a listening ear and a calming community presence around pubs, clubs and restaurants. They offer things like helping people who have drunk too much to find their way home safely, protect vulnerable women and provide a listening ear to defuse disputes before they escalate. All complements but never replaces the emergency services.
I observed groups of girls happily coming up and chatting, lollipops handed out and offers of flipflops if shoes were 'killing' them.
Aylesbury in the 'wee' small hours is a happier and better place with the Street Angels. A big thank you to all these dedicated people.
Judy Brandis (Chairman of Licensing, AVDC)