'Street angels' sought for new scheme in Woking

Adult volunteers who can spare some time on Friday nights to care for vulnerable people in a Surrey town are being sought to become "street angels".

The new initiative in Woking follows schemes already set up in the nearby towns of Camberley and Guildford.

It is being set up by Woking Churches, with support from the Safer Woking Partnership and Surrey County Council.

The volunteers will look out for young people who may have drunk too much and are at risk of getting into trouble.

'Drop in crime'

They will also offer help to people who may be vulnerable as a result of homelessness, drug abuse, violence or any other issue.

Street Angel schemes in other towns have led to a notable drop in drink-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

According to Surrey Police, their presence in Guildford town centre has contributed to a 29% decrease in public place violence on Friday and Saturday nights.

It is hoped the "angels" will take to the streets of Woking from the end of February.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites