Your Village Angels are back!
Publish Date: 12/06/2013
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are pleased to announce that the Village Angels are back.
The Village Angels is The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s innovative community safety scheme which sees ‘Angels’ take to Manchester’s Gay Village, providing information and advice to revellers, easily recognisable through their pink ‘high-vis’ vests, late at night and early in the mornings at weekends and other big events throughout the year.
The Village Angels scheme began in 2012 and the team have helped over 13,000 people in a variety of ways, which has included providing local information, signposting to everything from bars and clubs to support services, supporting victims of crime and helping vulnerable people.
The ‘Angels’ are a team of staff and volunteers from The Lesbian & Gay Foundation who have already donated over 1,000 hours of their time to help people. The Village Angels have also worked closely with Greater Manchester Police, CityCo, The Village Business Association, as well as security companies, venue owners and other key partners in order to ensure that people have the best time they can in Manchester’s Gay Village.
Martin Cooper, Community Engagement Co-ordinator at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation said, “The Village Angels provide helpful information and support, often when people need it the most. They are there to help people find their way around, stay safe and enjoy their time in the Village and get home safely at the end of their night. Providing everything from a packet of condoms to advice on where to get counselling support is at the heart of everything they do – they’re there when people need them and that’s why it is such an important project to The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.”
North West Ambulance Service said,“The Village Angels have assisted ambulance service staff within the Village area on a number of occasions. Some incidents have been particularly challenging, and The Village Angels have been so helpful in working with the operational team to ensure the safety of the patient. We very much looking forward to working with The Village Angels once again” -
For more information and advice www.lgf.org.uk/angels