09:10AM, Wednesday 30 December 2015
A group of volunteers has been nominated for a prestigious award for its work on the streets of Windsor.
Windsor Street Angels has been nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, less than four years after it was launched.
The group was set up in February 2012 when a group of nine volunteers started helping people get home safely at night and sometimes offering first aid.
Now the familiar royal blue jackets are a staple of a Friday night out in Windsor.
Twenty-nine volunteers take it in turns to be present in the town centre and at the railway stations.
They also volunteer on some Saturday nights and provide assistance during Royal Ascot race week.
The angels, carrying rucksacks stocked with provisions, hand out lollies, water and flip flops to night-time revellers and offer soup and rolls to homeless people.
Co-ordinator PCSO David Bullock said: “We’ve seen a real increase in volunteers which is obviously fantastic and we’ve got a lot of experience now.
“One thing which is great is we are very much embedded in the night-time community.
“The door staff, police on the ground and people in the town are used to seeing the angels there.”
Since starting, Windsor Street Angels has also won the Royal Borough’s Community Safety Award twice and the borough’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest honour to be given to voluntary groups in the UK. The winners will be announced in June.
“The nomination came very much out of the blue and we were nominated by local residents,” said PCSO Bullock.
“It is really such an honour and for me it is a real testament to the work the angels do because they were nominated by the community.”
For information on joining the street angels contact PCSO Bullock on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07816 848231.