Village Angels get renewed support from Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Published: 19 December 2016 Tags: vilage angels, canal street, safety By John Walding

Manchester’s Village Angels are set to remain a firm feature on Canal Street thanks the continued support of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The project, operated by Manchester’s LGBT Foundation, which helps to keep weekend revellers safe in Manchester’s Gay Village, has successfully secured additional funding to continue the project for the next 3 years.

The £255,000 grant will be used to provide ongoing support and resources for the ground-breaking community safety project that has become a familiar weekend feature around the centre of Manchester’s LGBT scene.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Jessica White, Community Safety Co-ordinator at LGBT Foundation, said:

“Manchester’s Gay Village is renowned the world over as a place where people are free to be themselves, and for most people a night out in the Village is a fun, safe experience. But for some, a great night out can go wrong and that’s why the Angels are there.

“In their bright pink hi-viz jackets, they’ve become a visible, friendly face of the Village and an integral part of Manchester’s LGBT community. Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has been a firm supporter from the outset and we are delighted that this continued support will allow the Angels to continue their vital work.”

Tony Lloyd, Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “I’m on the side of the Angels and backing them again with further funding. They do an amazing job in ensuring that Manchester’s Gay Village remains a safe and enjoyable space.

“No one night is ever the same for the Angels, who volunteer to help everyone from lost tourists to the seriously injured. Their achievements are remarkable, when you consider that they give up their own time for the benefit of others.

“Greater Manchester is renowned across the world as a place that celebrates and welcomes difference and diversity, and it is important that all people no matter, their race, gender or sexuality feel safe within it. The Angels help to ensure this. They are a part of the community force that helps to keep Greater Manchester the wonderful place it is.”

Since the service began in 2012, thousands of Village visitors have been touched by an Angel. As well as providing simple support like giving directions, helping people to a taxi, or reconnecting lost friends, Angels regularly carry out life-saving interventions.

The LGBT Foundation project also works in close partnership with the emergency services, Village venues and door staff, and according to Greater Manchester Police has significantly reduced demand on policing services around the Village, allowing officers to respond more quickly to more incidents over the weekend.