Hartlepool street angels need a helping hand

HELPING HAND: Hartlepool Street Pastors are out and about every weekend to help people stay safe during a night on the town.

HELPING HAND: Hartlepool Street Pastors are out and about every weekend to help people stay safe during a night on the town.

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A TEAM of “street angels” are asking for help as they go into the busy winter period keeping people safe around Hartlepool’s drinking hotspots.

Hartlepool Street Pastors are a familiar sight around town on weekends as they cover areas around Victoria Road and Church Street to help keep revellers safe.

The pastors work between 11pm-3pm, going round in teams of threeto offer help and guidance to people who may have had too much to drink.

Drew Mills, who leads the project, is keen to get more volunteers to help in the build up to the busy festive period.

He said: “It is a very rewarding job, we meet some interesting people and no two nights are ever the same.

“We do a veriety of tasks, it’s hard to give a job description. We hand out flip flops to ladies when their heels have gone at the end of a long night, we give out 1,200 lollipops a month to people, we help people into taxis and hand out water to anyone who may have had too much to drink.

“We work closely with the police and the door staff, people recognise us and stop to talk to us.

“We’re a bit like an emergency service, but if we can provide a friendly face or be a calming influence to help reduce trouble then we’re happy.”

Drew, 68, would love to hear from anyone who can volunteer their services on Friday or Saturday nights.

Candidates must be 18 or over, have no current convictions and willing to have DRB check carried out.

Call Drew on 07776378934 for more information about how you could help.