Please complete this form (on the left) to be considered as a volunteer at Halifax Street Angels.
How do I volunteer?
Halifax Street Angels work in full partnership with Calderdale Police, Calderdale Nightlife Initiative, PubWatch and various other agencies - our aim is to ensure a safe town centre for all and this application process will add to this. We look forward to hearing from you.
Would you like to be an Angel? There are around 70 volunteers who are part of Halifax Street Angels. Some come every week, some once a month, others once a year! There is no rota, no minimum commitment. All our volunteers are fantastic people who give up time to make sure Halifax remains a safe place on busy nights.
Some answers to the common questions:
Do I have to be a Christian?
No you do not have to be a Christian or be part of a church to volunteer (in fact some of our best volunteers would not call themselves Christian), although we ask you be respectful to the fact this is a Christian initiative and we start each evening with prayer (or getting in touch with head office!) and have a Spiritual dimension to the work we do.
What prevents me volunteering as a Street Angel?
We have liaised with Halifax Police and we are unable to accept anyone as a Street Angel if they have been convicted of: any sexual offences; murder / manslaughter; Section 18 offences against the person; dealing in drugs. We have also agreed some areas for discretion if there has been a period of 3 years of NOT offending: burglary; theft; drugs use; minor public offences; other inditable offences. All volunteers must declare these on the Application Form and will need to undergo a CRB check.
How old do I have to be?
The minimum age is 18.
Do I have to commit week after week?
No - how much time you give to Street Angels is down to you - we don't work by rota - we simply turn up at 9pm on Friday and Saturday.
Do I have to stay for 6 hours?
No - come for as long or as short a time as you want. You can turn up at any stage throughout the evening - and if Angels Rest Café is closed you can find us on the streets!
What training / else is on offer?
We run occasional courses such as Conflict Training (provided by the Police), drugs and alcohol awareness, use of radios and on the job training. We also offer opportunity for you to get involved in other events in the wider community and church life - all of these are published on the newsletter. There are also regular social events organised by Halifax Street Angels.
Why do people volunteer?
We asked some of our volunteers why they do Street Angels - here are the answers:
"To make a difference to others"
"Looks good on my CV!"
"People in Halifax need us"
"A feeling of team achievement, a sense of gratitude from the public, and a really enjoyable experience"
"To help people who either need help, need first aid or just someone to talk to when feeling low or, in some cases, suicidal"
"I Street Angel because I enjoy it. I like the fact that I can help people and this has made me a lot more confident and I feel good at the end of it knowing I have done something good"