A TEAM of angels will be flying in over the festive season to help keep party-goers safe in South Tyneside.
The borough’s very own Street Angels will not be taking a rest over Christmas and New Year as they look out for revellers in need of help.
Whether it’s a shoulder to cry on, first aid, or helping people who are a little worse for wear find a taxi home, the crew of volunteers are on hand.
Co-ordinator Pauline Bittlestone said: “Since we first launched in June last year, we have done really well, and we are having an impact now.
“We have fantastic relations with the door staff and the police, and the people who are out enjoying themselves are really friendly too – it’s just a really good vibe. People are now coming to us, seeking us out if they see anyone in trouble or who they think might be at risk.”
The Street Angels scheme is led by Churches Together in South Tyneside, and is supported by both South Tyneside Council and the police.
The scheme, launched in June last year, sees Street Angels operate between 10pm and 3am on Saturdays.
Similar projects are already running in Sunderland and Newcastle city centres, with street pastors offering support and guidance.
All Street Angels have received training to help them stay safe when out and about in the town centre.