On Saturday 8 November 2014 (2014-11-08) the Bridlington Street Angels were out with the founder of the national Street Angels network - Paul Blakey from Halifax - patrolling the streets and seafront. While we were passing The Spa, Bridlington's fine entertainment venue, we met the singer Jane McDonald who was coming out of The Spa after her performance and she had a photograph taken with our Street Angels Team - (l to r) Jean Blakey, J Peter Wilson, Maddy Wilson, Jane McDonald, Paul Blakey & Juliet Robson. That same night we saw someone who was in drink sitting on the harbour wall, where he could have easily fallen backwards into a rough sea, so we spent time talking to him and finally encouraged him to sit down well away from the sea: as we left to continue our patrol the CCTV team kept an eye on him with their cameras. So it was another night of variety and taking Jesus on the streets in a practical way.
On Saturday 5 July 2014 the ranks of Bridlington Street Angels were swelled by six new members as another five newly trained Street Angels - who are wearing their jackets and caps - plus one already trained Street Angel joined our team. In the photograph below, taken outside Emmanuel Church, are our six new Angels (from left to right) Becky, Juliet, Ken, Adrian, Heather and Paul.
Earlier in the year we welcomed Sarah (not in the picture) to the team.
Also we have been joined on one of our patrols in June by Paul Robinson, Humberside Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and who stayed with us until after 03.00 on the Sunday morning and saw us deal with a wide range of people both in the town centre and on the foreshore near the north pier of Bridlington harbour.
Bridlington Street Angels are looking to expand their Saturday night patrols from four per month to at least five nights per month thus enabling them to cover some Friday nights.
The Street Angels are therefore looking to recruit more people to join their teams and they are arranging a new free training session starting on SATURDAY 10 MAY 2014 at Emmanuel Church in Cardigan Road, Bridlington. The training will be on eight Saturday mornings running through until early July and anyone wishing to join find out about night-time Bridlington can join them on a patrol for a ‘taster’.
To join this award-winning team all prospective volunteers need to be over the age of 18, willing to commit to patrol at least once per month, operate within their Christian ethos of helping others and to undertake the free 16 hour training course which includes learning the role of a Street Angel, listening skills, drugs and alcohol awareness, safe talk and conflict management. Those who are interested in this work need to contact them by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling their administration office on 0845 203 4510.
On Monday 7 April 2014, the Chairman of Bridlington Street Angels, Mr. J Peter Wilson, attended a ceremony at the Guildhall in Hull where he received a High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire Award “to acknowledge the outstanding work…in establishing the Bridlington Street Angels” and “in recognition of the great and valuable services to the community.”
In the photo Peter (rear left) can be seen together with the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire Stephen T Larard (middle rear) and the Lord Mayor of Kingston-upon-Hull Councillor Nadine Fudge right rear). Also in the picture are two of Peter's grandchildren Daniel and Peter Buswell (front left and right respectively). Picture by Mrs. Madeleine Wilson.
Following a reporter, Mike Brown, from the Bridlington Free Press being out with the local Humberside Police on the evening of Saturday 21 September (2013-09-21) this report appeared in the weekly newspaper on the following Thursday :
Another group trying to deal with the busy weekend drinking sessions are the Bridlington Street Angels.
Speaking to the Free Press on Saturday night, the group explain how they provide non threatening, non judgemental help to the town’s revellers.
Formed earlier this summer, the Street Angels pick up broken glasses and bottles, offer water, flip-flops to girls with aching feet and a sympathetic ear.
Peter Wilson, of the Street Angels, said: “Tonight has been fairly standard. We try and talk to people, and the response we get is almost entirely positive.
“I think people realise that we are out volunteering and we are genuinely just trying to help. We try and talk to people who are having a bad time, we have dealt with those who have had their head bashed and need an ambulance, those who have had their drink spiked. Anyone.”
The Street Angels will be training new recruits in October/November, with anyone interested in helping urged to visit www.bridlingtonstreetangels.org.uk
Sgt Mark Shingles, licensing officer for the East Riding, welcomes their support. He said: “Anyone is a help. I think it is unfortunate that we have to rely on volunteers to clear up in the town after people who have had too much to drink. It is a sad indictment.
“But I cannot praise them enough. I think people realise that they are not in [police] uniform, they are not us, and that makes it easier for them to provide welfare and support.”
Humberside Inspector David Braysmith, lead on licensing and reducing alcohol related violence within the East Riding said, “The East Riding remains one of the safest places in the UK to live, work and visit, but we have to be conscious that alcohol crime and disorder is a national problem in all areas including ours, which we need to tackle.”
The first group of Bridlington Street Angels were commissioned in June 2013 at Emmanuel Church in Bridlington and the picture shows twelve of our first fourteen Street Angels together with (from the left) our suicide awareness trainer – Ms Rachel Hunter; the vicar of Emmanuel Church – Revd Chris McCarthy, and (on the right) the Mayor of Bridlington – Cllr. Terry Dixon; the Deputy Humberside Police & Crime Commissioner – Paul Robinson. The picture was supplied by the Bridlington Free Press.