Who are Halifax Street Angels?
We are a charity working in Halifax Town Centre and Sowerby Bridge Friday and Saturday evenings to meet the needs of those who have become vulnerable on a night out.
We work to meet the needs of those who have been spiked, are victims of crime, the homeless or those who have had too much to drink and as a consequence are in need of support.
We are in our 10th year of working to make Halifax a safe place to be. Every year we provide around 13,000 volunteer hours and help around 3,000 people.
In addition to our work in the town centre we also have a community café and Christian bookshop (Angels Rest Café, 15 Crossley Street, Halifax). We work in schools, colleges and youth groups to deliver our #SafeNightOut workshops aimed at educating young people about alcohol, drug and crime awareness and we provide stewards for local community events.
What we do
A brief history of the Street Angels
Halifax Street Angels was launched in November 2005 as a response by the church in Halifax to needs in the town centre. Halifax had a reputation – binge drinking, violence, coach parties from across the North of England, sexual assaults, under-age drinkers in the pubs and clubs. Halifax had almost become a no-go place for many people on Friday and Saturday nights.
Friday 25th November 2005, we opened the cafe not knowing what to expect! Fifty volunteers turned up on the first night far too many to fit into our small cafe – so the concept of Halifax Street Angels was born! People volunteering their time, out on the streets in all weathers until early hours of the morning, supporting and caring for others.
In our six week trial we helped and assisted 69 people – from elderly people leaving the theatre to young people who had had too much to drink to people wanting to wait in Fairtrade Cafe for taxis as it was safer than waiting in a taxi queue. Halifax’ Street Angels worked! Twelve months later violent crime in the town centre, which typically increased on Friday and Saturday nights, had reduced by 42%.
Halifax Street Angels continued beyond the trial – on the streets we were seeing lives changed, people helped at a time when it was most needed and our town begin to change restaurants, cocktail bars and theatre attracted a better mix of people. Through a partnership with St John Ambulance one man had his life saved through the rapid response of the first aid team – volunteers investing time and skills on our streets worked!