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Volunteers wanted as Windsor Street Angels look to become two-night operation

Volunteers wanted as Windsor Street Angels look to become two-night operation

David Lee

Volunteers wanted as Windsor Street Angels look to become two-night operation

As the hectic festive season approaches, a group which helps look after late-night revellers in the Royal Borough is appealing for more volunteers.

The Windsor Street Angels has been operating in Windsor and Ascot since February 2012, when it was set up by the Windsor Christian Action charity.

Each Friday evening, volunteers meet at the Windsor Baptist Church, in Victoria Street, at around 9.30pm before taking to the streets of the town centre to offer a helping hand to those in need. An average evening shift will finish at about 3.30am.

Whether it’s giving out soup to the homeless or flip-flops to shoeless partygoers, the volunteers look out for everyone. The group works closely with police, the ambulance service and licensed premises in the borough.

It now wants to expand its operation to two nights a week but that can only happen if more volunteers come forward.

Corinne Leatherbarrow, recruitment and fundraising co-ordinator for the group, said: “Although Saturday night is a bit of a couples night you still get a massive influx of people coming in to Windsor.

“You don’t have to have any qualifications to get involved, you just need to be really caring and care for the individual.”

Windsor resident Liz Ward was named as the group’s Street Angel of the month for October.

She only joined the group in July but now spends two Friday evenings a month alongside her fellow volunteers helping out.

Liz paid tribute to her fellow volunteers for their hard work.

She said: “We’ve got some really committed members and they’re out regularly during the month.

“No two days are ever the same and it’s opened my eyes to what goes on in Windsor’s night time economy.”

Email wcastreetangels@gmail.com or visit www.streetangelswindsor.org to volunteer.

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