Volunteers from various Churches seeking to demonstrate the love of Christ: to be ‘salt and light’ in the community when many other Christians are tucked up warm in their beds! They go out in teams of 3 onto the streets of our town centre each Saturday night between the hours of 10.30pm and 4.00am. They supplement the work of the paid emergency services and are part of the wider team of ‘official professionals’ whose role it is to help keep the town safe at night.
Each volunteer wears a red jacket bearing the distinctive logo, thus they are easily identified as ‘safe’ people to approach if help is needed. Since going on the streets in February 2009, the project has been able to assist an amazing number of people, out to enjoy the clubs and bars around the town centre. Many have expressed their appreciation of the support offered and we have developed good relationships with the other bodies also ‘on duty’.
How to Volunteer
There is a lot more information about volunteering in the volunteer recruitment handbook. For example, it contains FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), our Commitment to Volunteers and our Expectations of Volunteers. The full handbook is currently unavailable whilst under revision. However, one section is available What Type Of Person. There is also detailed information about the duties of volunteers in the Protocols section later on this page.
To volunteer, please fill out the contact form with your details and message. A representative will be in touch with you to begin the process of volunteering with BSA.
Volunteers already enrolled onto the project can sign up for duty on the BSA Sign Up Sheet. You can view, but not edit the schedule below. To be able to edit and save changes, you need both the following:
To register for a Google id please goto https://accounts.google.com/SignUpWithoutGmail and sign-up with your usual email as the id. Registration is free.
To become authorised to edit the rota sheet, or if you need any help using the schedule, please email email@example.com. You must use the same email id as for registering.
Once you have these details, you may sign up on the Google Docs rota sheet by clicking the button below the sheet.
NB/ Please enter your first name and surname initial only on the sheet. This is because the sheet is open for anyone to view it. When you make a change, the sheet is saved automatically.
If you have any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Volunteer Rota Sheet
The sheet below is read-only. You may click the button beneath the sheet and sign up on the rota.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP ON THE ROTA
We run training sessions on two Saturdays each year for Street Angels. The introductory training is mandatory. Other training is voluntary unless encouraged by your mentor.
The next BSA training day:
Saturday 11 November 2017
9.15am: Team Leaders’ Forum
09.45am to 1.00pm: for all Street Angels
Three Rivers Church West (formerly Rutland Road Church) Rutland Road (off Midland Rd), Bedford MK40 1DG
• Lifting vulnerable persons to their feet- by the Police Training Department
• Predatory Behaviour Awareness- by Central Bedfordshire Council
• Sexual Abuse Referral Centre- briefing
• Much more!
(All-day parking available for £2.50 at Pay & Display, corner of Ashburnham and Midland Roads- 5 minutes’ walk)
RSVP by Sunday 5 November 2017 to Trevor Moisey
You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, if you wish, to eat afterwards with others.
Street Angels Protocols
Standard Operating Procedures > Agreed between Bedfordshire Police and Bedford Street Angels.
Nite Net Radio Handout > Explains how to use the Nite Net radio system.
Vulnerable Persons Protocol > What to do when encountering people who are drunk, worried about domestic violence or depressed/suicidal.
Management Structure > Information for volunteers about the management of BSA, how to get information, how to make a complaint and what happens if anyone has concerns about your conduct as a Street Angel.
Team Leader Role Description > Duties of the Patrol Team Leader before, during and after the patrol.
Patrol Volunteer Role Description > Duties of a Patrol Team Member before, during and after the patrol.