The Soho Angels and Night Hub offer information, support and a safe space to those who need help while out at night.
- Find the Angels on Friday nights in December, 10pm - 5am.
- Head to the Night Hub at St Anne's Church on Dean Street for support
- Contact the Hub (operational hours only): 020 7641 8034
LGBT Foundation has been running the Village Angels in Manchester’s Gay Village for over 7 years. Throughout the years, we have helped over 2,500 people in crisis, and assisted a further 35,000 more to have a safe night out. We know that when people are vulnerable, having a trusted Angel to lend a hand can make a world of difference. That’s why in 2017, we partnered with Smirnoff to help bring the Village Angels project to other cities across the UK. In London, we are partnering with Westminster City Council, and are proudly supported by Smirnoff.
Just as is the case in Manchester, the Soho Angels, wearing the trademark hot pink, will be there for anyone who needs water, support, someone to talk to, or a hand getting home. If you need to escape the bustle of Soho, the Night Hub will be a safe place to sober up, get help, or simply charge your phone.
The Soho Angels are designed to make London’s nightlife safer for everyone. They will reflect Soho’s roots as a place of cultural significance for LGBT people and will work to ensure Soho nightlife remains a safe, inclusive and understanding space for everyone who visits.
The Soho Angels will be out every Friday and Saturday night until 5am from the 15th of March 2019
When you’re out having fun this party season, there's lots of small things you can do to End The Night Right!
Top tips for staying safe:
- drink water throughout the night
- eat before you go out
- plan your route home
- keep your phone charged
- stay with your friends
- look out for those around you
Our partners at Drinkaware have lots more advice to help you stay safe while drinking.
You can help make sure other others End the Night Right by looking out for your friends or fellow revellers. Check Drinkaware’s advice on looking after someone who’s had too much to drink, and how you can help prevent sexual harassment.
If you would like to get involved in helping vulnerable people in the historic heart of LGBT London to have a safer and more enjoyable night out, we would love to hear from you!
Volunteers provide a diverse spectrum of practical and emotional support. This ranges from giving people water to help them sober up to helping people report crimes to providing emotional support to those in crisis. Volunteers provide practical assistance to help people to get home safely, allowing everyone to end the night right.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and learn new skills. In Manchester, our Village Angels have described volunteering as ‘the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done’, and ‘hugely fun’. Volunteering is also great for your CV. Volunteering with the Night Hub can help build valuable communication and team work skills, as well as experience that could help toward a career in psychology, social work, medicine or emergency services.
Volunteers will be supported every step of the way and work closely with police, ambulance, and council staff. You’ll get training from Drinkaware, St John Ambulance, and LGBT Foundation, including caring for those who are intoxicated, conflict resolution, safeguarding and supporting vulnerable people and LGBT awareness and support.
The Soho Angels project is enabling us to bring together our experience in delivering night time harm reduction projects in places of LGBT cultural importance with the expertise of Westminster City Council, for whom the initiative stems from their Licensing Charter work.
LGBT Foundation are partnering with Smirnoff to make nightlife a safer, more inclusive space for LGBT people, and have set out to grow the Village Angels nationwide.
The initiative is made possible through the support of a number of partners:
- St John Ambulance – providing trained medical support at the Night Hub and helping to train volunteers
- Drinkaware – helping to train volunteers to identify and support vulnerable people
- Safer Business Network – delivering coordinated working with businesses in the area
- Metropolitan Police – providing police support for the Hub and Angels
- London Ambulance Service – working closely with the Angels to make sure those with a medical emergency get the help they need
A big thank you to CanO Water, for donating free water to the project and enabling us to provide a recyclable alternative to plastic bottles!
We want to work with partners from late night venues and emergency services to help keep people safe. Find out how you can work with the Soho Angels: