WHY STREET ANGELS?
Over the past eighteen months, several things have suggested that God is calling churches in the Uxbridge area to work together in sharing His love with people out late in the evenings.
Acting on this sense of call, representatives from a number of churches, the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Hillingdon met with the Ascension Trust and the Town Chaplain from Watford to explore the possibility of setting up either a Street Pastors or Street Angels scheme in Uxbridge. Following these meetings a steering group was set up to consider in more detail the pros and cons of each scheme and to determine the right approach for Uxbridge, they concluded that the formation of ‘Hillingdon Street Angels’ would be the best way forward.
Hillingdon Street Angels
Primarily, the role of Hillingdon Street Angels is to care, listen and help people who are out late in the centre of the Uxbridge.
Hillingdon Street Angels exists because people matter and deserve care and love in their time of need. The needs of people out late may be as a result of all kinds of different factors, such as homelessness, intoxication, drug abuse, assault or any other issue which has caused personal distress. Street Angels will be non-judgemental, helping people whoever they are and whatever their situation, for example by listening, caring, offering practical help or by referring people to other specialist agencies who can help them.
Hillingdon Street Angels operates with support from the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Hillingdon (LBH)
A management group has been set up to run the scheme. This consists of members of local churches and will be elected annually; it is also be supported by the Metropolitan Police and LBH. The management group is accountable to each of the local churches involved.
Hillingdon Street Angels was launched in central Uxbridge in October 2009. Following training, 16 Street Angels were commissioned. They are now split into four teams working on a rotation basis on one Friday night per month between 10pm and 4am.
There are several ways in which you can be actively involved with Hillingdon Street Angels.:
Consider applying to become a Street Angel or encouraging others to do so.
Consider supporting Hillingdon Street Angels financially. We estimate that the costs will be:
£150 to get each street angel started (including training, uniform etc)
£50 per year to keep each Street Angel on the streets. Could you consider sponsoring a Street Angel or making a donation?
Make a commitment to pray for the work of Hillingdon Street Angels and become a prayer partner.
For further details please contact us at email@example.com or on 01895 812194
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