Why Street Angels
Several things suggested that God was calling churches in the Uxbridge area to work together in sharing His love with people out late in the evenings.
Acting on this sense of call, representatives from a number of churches, the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Hillingdon met with the Ascension Trust and the Town Chaplain from Watford to explore the possibility of setting up either a Street Pastors or Street Angels scheme in Uxbridge. Following these meetings a steering group was set up to consider in more detail the pros and cons of each scheme and to determine the right approach for Uxbridge. They concluded that the formation of ‘Hillingdon Street Angels’ would be the best way forward.
What do they do?
Primarily, the role of Hillingdon Street Angels is to care, listen and help people who are out late in the centre of the town on a Friday evening.
Hillingdon Street Angels exists because people matter and deserve care and love in their time of need. The needs of people out late may be as a result of all kinds of different factors, such as homelessness, intoxication, drug abuse, assault or any other issue which has caused personal distress. Street Angels is non-judgemental, helping people whoever they are and whatever their situation, for example by listening, caring, offering practical help or by referring people to other specialist agencies who can help them.
Hillingdon Street Angels operate with support from the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Management of Street Angels
A management group has been setup to run the scheme. They are elected annually and consist of members of local churches and are supported by the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Hillingdon. The management group are accountable to each of the local churches involved.