Twenty eight people attended a Training evening for new Angylion y Stryd Sir Conwy/Ddinbych projects which are to launch later this year.
The evening started with North Wales Police delivering training around personal safety and an overview of current trends and needs in North Wales particularly along the coast. A Q&A session with the Police covered a wide range of topics which will prove valuable to the Street Angel volunteers when out and about in communities.
Haven of Light led a session around human trafficking, modern day slavery and county lines including sharing stories and looking at ways organisations in Wales are working around prevention,
ROC Angels looked at the role of Street Angels and how the teams respond to needs at that moment with an overall aim to love the person in front of us.
Further training and awareness raising tools available online were shared. This online training will raise awareness for volunteers in areas such as drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, first aid, drink spiking and mental health. Details of the apps WalkSafe and SayHi were also shared.
Funding for Angylion y Stryd Sir Conwy/Ddinbych has come from the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Innovate to Grow initiative. This fund helps support new and innovative ways of solving the problems that can often lead to criminal behaviour in communities.
Several projects will be starting throughout 2023 including:
In Colwyn Bay 20 Station Road will be open as a Safe Hub and be a base for Street Angels teams. The Street Angels are planning to cover the twilight hours, in partnership with Youth for Christ, and on weekend nights.
In Rhos-on-Sea a Chaplaincy team will offer support to businesses in the community.
In Rhyl the group were looking at the possibility of a safe place shop in the town centre alongside Street Angels on weekend nights in the summer season.
Caravan Angels, who will travel between the caravan parks along the coast, are also planned offering support in partnership with the caravan parks and sites.
It is hoped to run Festival Angel teams at large events in Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno.
A meeting was also held with church leaders in Llandudno which started the conversation around the potential for Street Angels and Community Angels in the town.
For more information visit www.streetangels.org.uk/angylionystryd
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