Do your children or grandchildren go out in Woking during weekend nights? If so, they will probably have met, or perhaps been helped by, Woking Street Angels.
These are the trained volunteers who, for the past seven years, have walked the streets of Woking town centre every Friday and Saturday night, from 10pm till 4am, offering help, or a listening ear, wherever it is needed.
Typically Street Angels look after people who have had too much to drink and are ill, vulnerable or just need help getting home.
They also chat to the homeless and other lonely or needy people on the streets, and generally help make our town centre more pleasant for the hundreds of night-time visitors.
This vital work by Woking Street Angels has been noted by Surrey Police, who reported that in 2014/15 violent crime in the town centre reduced by 64% during the hours that the street angels were active, and that this reduction has further reduced year-on-year.
Woking Street Angels now urgently need more team members and are asking anyone over the age of 18, and particularly those whose friends or families benefit from their help, to consider volunteering. Full training is given, and once trained they commit to just one shift a month. Street angels always walk around in teams, never alone, and may be of any faith or none.