By Olivia Carter
Who are Bradford Street Angels?
Bradford Street Angels aim to help everyone feel safe on the streets, whether that is offering a cup of tea or just having a chat. They patrol the streets in small groups on Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to 2am. The nights vary, from handing out sleeping bags and clothes to rough sleepers to helping someone get home. Whatever the night involves, Street Angels are always there to brighten up the streets!
What do you enjoy about being a Bradford Street Angel?
‘Making people feel good and safe! It is a great way to get out and about whilst doing something rewarding. You really get to know Bradford and build up good relationships with members of the community.’
‘Helping people as a Street Angel has encouraged me to lend a hand more when I am not on shift. You learn to recognise when someone needs help and you feel more confident offering support.’
‘I have seen that Bradford is not the city it is made out to be in the paper. I do not feel intimidated when I am volunteering, and we receive lots of praise from the public who appreciate what we do. We sometimes even get hugs!’
Can you share a positive story with us?
‘We enjoy volunteering as Street Angels and have lots of laughs and positive experiences along the way. Even small acts of kindness, like remembering a name or showing an interest can go a long way.’
‘I have found that when you approach people in the right way, they are often willing to help. I once asked in a restaurant if they could offer any food for a lady that I got chatting with who was sleeping rough. They came out with a full meal and a drink, so I sat with her and had a laugh. Making people feel good is what it is all about.’
What can people do to help?
Volunteers are crucial, so get involved or spread the word about what we do! We welcome item donations from socks to sleeping bags. With winter fast approaching it is important that we can hand out warm clothes. Yet, with the colder months to come we have to save sleeping bags so it would great if we had more.
For more information on volunteering with us, click here.
You can read about the items that we need here.
How can people get in contact with you?
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org