Volunteers helping city revellers

22/12/2012

Picture shows party goers out in Leeds City Centre on the last Friday before Christmas - Mad Friday.

rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather
22/12/2012 Picture shows party goers out in Leeds City Centre on the last Friday before Christmas - Mad Friday. rossparry.co.uk / Chris Fairweather
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It’s nearly 3am, you have lost your friends, have no phone battery and can’t get a taxi home.

It makes for a dire end to what had the makings of being a great night out.

But help is at hand and with this week being one of the busiest in the social calendar help and a friendly face is at hand.

Street Angels by name and Street Angels by nature.

A team of 25 volunteers, from students to retired professionals, make up the Leeds branch and each Friday, and last Saturday of the month, they take to the city’s social spots between the hours of 10.30pm and 3am.

And as many revellers finish work for the party season they will be out and about this Friday and Saturday working with police, door staff and the ambulance service while remaining impartial.

They are looking for vulnerable people, those on their own or those who have had too much to drink and need to get home.

Working in teams of two or three, they carry essentials like bottled water, flip-flops (for the girls that have taken off their shoes), foil blankets for warmth, phone chargers and hair bands.

Katie Waters, 32, is the co-ordinator for Leeds Street Angels, established five years ago.

She said: “December is our busiest month. More people are coming out for a meal or having an office party and there are so many different events in Leeds, especially at Christmas.

“We are just looking out for those who are vulnerable or are not sure how to get home or just need a phone charger to get in touch with friends.”

Katie added: “I have always found it positive and feel safe because of the other agencies. People just want to have a good time with friends and go about their evening.

It is always nice when you are able to help someone and see that change in their night.”

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