Village Angels Nominated for a ‘Be Proud’ Award

Publish Date: 19/11/2012


The Village Angels is a community outreach programme working closely with The Village Neighbourhood Policing Team to identify LGBT people who are in a particularly vulnerable state and who may be at risk of becoming a victim of crime.

The aim of the initiative is giving advice, guidance and resources to LGBT people, supporting them through providing guidance on how to reduce risks, advising people how they can get home safely and supporting people reporting crime if they have already been a victim.

The Be Proud Awards, hosted by Manchester City Council,celebrate Manchester’s volunteers, and thank those extraordinary individuals and groups who have worked hard to help others, have made a real difference in our communities and improved our local neighbourhoods

Councillor Jim Battle, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said, “Manchester is full of individuals, groups and business who work incredibly hard day in day out, to make life better for the people around them. The Be Proud Awards are the perfect chance for the community to recognise the contribution these committed people have made throughout our city.”

The awards feature ten categories and nominations in each category will be whittled down to just three finalists, who will all be invited to a gala dinner and awards ceremony at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 30 November where the winners will be announced and presented with aprize and trophy. The Village Angels are one of the three finalists and will be attending the awards ceremony.

P.C.S.O Lisa Brookes from The Village Neighbourhood Policing Team nominated The Village Angels and comments; "they are a wonderful and professional group of volunteers. The assistance they provide the police during the weekend is a extremely helpful as they are able to deal with minor issues, such as assisting members of the public, which enables the police to deal with other serious matters. The Angels I have spoke to are very well trained and extremely friendly. I hope that they remain a fixture in the village."

Martin Cooper, Community Engagement Co-ordinator for The LGF comments; “to be nominated for an award such as this is a great honour and we are all really excited about it. We can’t wait to attend the evening and see more of the people and organisations that make Manchester great.”

He goes onto say; “The Village Angels has run every weekend for 7 months now and is really making an impact in the community. We have had the pleasure of being on hand to help thousands of people since the programme began and we look forward to helping thousands more.”

Are you interested in volunteering as a Village Angel? Contact Martin Cooper; 0845 3 30 30 30 or email