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A new community driven project called City Angels will be launching in Chichester City Centre tonight - Friday 16 March.
Every Friday night a team of eight ‘Angels’ will be out and about in Chichester from 9pm helping people to have a safe night out.
The City Angels project, run by Revelation Church, is modelled on other successful national schemes such as ‘Street Angels’ and ‘Street Pastors’.
Lee Nancarrow, from Revelation Church, says: “The City Angels are people who are passionate about Chichester and making our city centre a fun filled safe place to be. We will be out and about in pairs with our rucksacks loaded with first aid kits, space blankets, flip flops, bottles of water and referral cards from other great organisations in the area.
“We will also have a City Angels van parked at the bottom of South Street from 10pm serving free tea and coffee. We will work in close communication with the Police and door staff so we can be where help is needed. We have over 50 trained volunteers, with the youngest just 18 years old and the oldest 84 years old!”
The Church has been working with Sussex Police and Chichester District Council on the project.
Cllr Janet Duncton, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning at Chichester District Council and also covers Community Safety, says: “Projects like this are running successfully up and down the country, reducing incidents of antisocial behaviour and helping to make sure that people can enjoy their night out and get home safely. Our Community safety Partnership has been working closely with Revelation Church to look at where and how this could work in the city centre.
“There are some amazing volunteers within our district, and this is shown by the number of City Angels willing to spend their Friday night helping out people in our city centre. The City Angels will help visitors to Chichester enjoy their Friday night, whether this is simply with a hot chocolate, or a chat.”
For more information on the City Angels project, please contact Lee Nancarrow on 01243 531898, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cityangels.org.uk