The Village Angels
Publish Date: 03/04/2012
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are undertaking a community outreach programme until 31st March 2013 at key times in the Village to enable us to identify LGB people who are in a particularly vulnerable state and who may be at risk of becoming a victim of crime.
The aim of the initiative is to provide a 'friendly face' whilst giving advice, guidance and resources to LGB people, supporting them through providing guidance on how to reduce risks, advising people how they can get home safely and supporting people reporting crime if they have already been a victim.
To do this we have looked to the heavens for inspiration and the Village Angels have already descended to make an impact on Canal Street as Martin Cooper LGF’s Community Engagement Officer tells us:
“Here at the LGF we like to make sure that everyone is revelling in a safe way, so we have launched our own community safety team – The Village Angels - to welcome you to the Village and be on hand should you need anything from us. Let’s say you don’t know where the nearest taxi rank is... You can ask us! Or if you’ve been split up from your mates and you’re not sure what to do? We will endeavour to help! Basically, we’re like super heroes with our pants on the inside… usually.
We launched the project in March and we had a great time! I can’t guarantee that PC Matt and WPC Misty Chance (pictured) will be on hand, but our Village Angels will be around to offer a warm welcome!
It’s worth remembering that while the village strives to be a welcoming, safe haven for LGBT people, it is still a mixed and vibrant community setting with lots of different characters out and about. Trust yourself and your instincts and you’ll have a great time! And if you’re unsure about anything, or you just want a bit of help or advice with anything, you know that we’re here if you need us!
You won’t be able to miss us, we’re wearing pink high visibility vests, so if you see us while you’re out in the village, make sure you come and say hi! We look forward to seeing you really soon! “
To find out more about The Village Angels contact Martin 0845 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org