Affleck's Angel Volunteers!

Publish Date: 10/02/2015

Following on from Manchester's Hate Crime Awareness Week and Affleck's Palace joining The LGF by becoming a third-party Hate Crime Reporting Centre, we heard from General Manager Tony Martin, who has kindly decided to volunteer his time with our wonderful LGF Village Angels.

Tony said: "As General Manager of Afflecks, we have a diverse mix of individuals that both work and shop with us, Sophie Lancaster loved shopping at Afflecks and we have done a lot to help raise awareness and funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. 

"When I became aware of hate crime reporting it made sense for me to put Afflecks forward as a third-party reporting centre. We were successful in being accepted and were trained as reporting officers, with Afflecks becoming an official third party reporting centre last year. Being a reporting centre and an alternative venue then led to us to getting involved in helping to launch this year's Hate Crime Awareness Week.

"It was great to meet all the guests that attended and it was saddening to hear some of the victims of hate crimes experiences, speakers including Sylvia's Lancaster OBE, Sanjay Sood-Smith's story as a victim and Lee Mackintosh of The Village Angels, somebody who was the victim of an unprovoked attack when all he wanted to do was help somebody.

"Having listened to the stories and in particular Lee's, I felt compelled to do more. I felt inspired by Lee and the work that he does, this led to me contacting LGF to find out more about becoming a volunteer. As a gay man I know of many that have been victimised simply for what's seen as indifference, I want to do as much as I can to help people and to continue to spread the message that crimes of hate will not be tolerated."

The LGF Village Angels are volunteers who are out every weekend until the early hours in Manchester's Gay Village to help keep people safe by offering non-judgemental advice and support. If you're interested in volunteering with The LGF Village Angels then please email: volunteer@lgf.org.uk or for more information visit: lgbt.foundation/angels