Below is a list of the most common questions we get asked. Feel free to contact us if you wish to know more.
When are the Street Angels out on patrol?
We patrol Saturday evenings 8pm-10:30pm. We meet at the Angels Rest Café on Crossley Street from around 9:45pm.
Do Street Angels have medical training?
Our volunteers are given Emergency First Aid training as a part of their training. In addition to this training a number of other courses are made available to them which are voluntary, although many of our volunteers take advantage of these opportunities.
Thinking about becoming a volunteer?
How do I volunteer?
We’d love you to join us! Simply visit our volunteer page, fill in the form and we’ll be in touch. Please take the time to read through the other volunteer questions before applying.
Come along one night and see if Halifax Street Angels is for you (someone will contact you to arrange this)
On your first visit we will chat with you about Halifax Street Angels and send you out on patrol throughout the night with experienced Street Angels
Once your reference is returned, and with no outstanding issues, you are an Angel!!! We will contact you.
All volunteers will be subject to a review.
Halifax Street Angels work in full partnership with Calderdale Police, Calderdale Nightlife Initiative, Local Churches 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.
What will prevent 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 background 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 10pm on Friday and Saturday.
Do I have to stay for the full six 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 and opportunities are 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 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”
Questions about donating?
How can I donate to support your work?
You can donate online by visiting: www.localgiving.org/halifaxstreetangels or you can donate by sending a cheque to:Halifax Street Angels, Angels Rest Café, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG. Anything you give will go to directly supporting people vulnerable in our town. Thank you in advance for your support.
Will my donation qualify for Gift Aid?
If you give via our Local Giving they will guide you through the process of claiming Gift Aid on your donation.