WHO ARE BEDFORD STREET ANGELS?

As an organisation, we aim to provide teams of Christians to be available to everyone using the night clubs and other entertainments in Bedford Town Centre on weekend nights. This is done as an expression of Christian faith; partnering with God in prayer and action adds a dimension that sees communities and people transformed. God is far too big to be kept in a church building – as Christians we have chosen to live a life that seeks to make a difference – for the better. That difference needs to be made in the places where people are. FIND OUT MORE

WHAT DO WE DO?

Help folk to safety of a taxi or wait with them for a ride home

Listen to those who want to talk or share their issues

Provide flip-flops to those with tired or sore feet

Perform basic first aid for those with minor injuries

Hand out bottled water to those who may be dehydrated

Respond to Nite-Net radio calls for assistance via CCTV

Offer assistance to guide people to a safer place

Identify vulnerable people on the streets at night

What’s New

BSA Newsletter December 2023 – More And More Reasons To Be Thankful

In this newsletter we reflect on our reasons to be thankful for 2023. We have run 3 shifts a month throughout the year and are recruiting new Street Angels. We […]

BSA newsletter December 2022 – Reasons to be Thankful

In this issue of the newsletter, Bedford Street Angels are thanking God for new volunteers, for increased patrols and for more opportunities to speak about our work. Joy Porter-Harris who […]

BSA Newsletter July 2022 – Called to Serve

The fourth BSA Newsletter features an article by our new Chair of Trustees, Tracey Hinson. Read it here.

Bedford Street Angels and the Pandemic

The impact of the pandemic reduced our volunteers down to 7 (previously 14) which enables us to patrol only on the busier last 2 weeks of each month instead of […]

BSA stall at Elstow Abbey May Festival

Bedford Street Angels was at Elstow Abbey May Festival on 17th May 2022. Visitors to the stand could see a display of our work including photos of volunteers out on […]

BSA Newsletter April 2022

The third BSA newsletter includes a moving article by Claire, one of our volunteers. Read it here.

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WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY

I am pleased to pass on my support and admiration to the Bedford Street Angels. Having seen their work first-hand I am clear that they make a real difference on our streets by supporting vulnerable people and making sure they stay safe, and providing an additional response that works closely with the other partners in the late night economy such as the police, ambulance service, taxi marshals and door supervisors.

I was also struck with just how well received the Street Angels are and how much of a reassurance they provide to the public on a night out. Many thanks to all your volunteers and supporters, and long may you continue.

Olly Martins

Olly Martins

Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire – 2013

Hi,

I just wanted to say thank you for lending a hand and giving me some flip flops the other night on my 18th birthday! I wasn’t allowed into a club as I was too drunk, and the bouncers wouldn’t let me get my friends out, so I got seperating from them and found myself on my own on the streets of Bedford…I was in a state, and you guys helped out.

So thank you, what you guys do is amazing! If only the rest of Bedford could be more like you!

Amber Masterson

Amber Masterson

9th April 2012
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Message from the Management

Having been involved with Bedford Street Angels (BSA) since it started, it’s an absolute privilege to become the chair of the management committee. The work BSA does is amazing and it’s wonderful to be able to show Jesus’ love in such a practical way to a variety of people every Saturday night. First of all I would commend the volunteers to you. Age is no barrier to this amazing crew out in all weathers: they bring a level of dedication, resilience and compassion which is rarely seen. It’s great to be able to work alongside and be accepted by other groups who are involved in the night time economy such as the police, the paramedics, Bedford Bid and door staff. You can see from the website what we do every Saturday night week in week out and not only that, the management committee is constantly striving to improve the service we give. It’s very humbling for me to go out on patrol with the founder members, who not only forgave the lads involved with the death of their son and set up the charity but continue to serve as volunteers. I am excited about the future of Bedford Street Angels as we approach the start of our 12th year in the new decade. There is much work to be done in passing on the baton to the next generation but it’s important that I close by giving God the glory for all that BSA have achieved in the past and will go on to do in the future.
Martin Denny – Chair of BSA Management Committee