Sunday, 24 October 2021

Appeal for volunteer 'angels'

VOLUNTEERS are needed to train as “street angels” in Henley.

The town council has budgeted £4,000 to launch a scheme where volunteers help protect people on nights out who are vulnerable or at risk due to excessive drinking.

Twelve people are set to be trained initially but town councillor David Eggleton hopes as many as 40 will come forward.

Councillor Eggleton, who is overseeing the scheme with town and district councillor Lorraine Hillier, said: “It’s an invaluable way of helping the town.”

Teams of volunteers will go out in the town centre from 9pm to 3am to tackle minor incidents, enabling police officers to deal with more serious ones.

Cllr Eggleton said this would help the police, particularly when the funding of police community service officers was under threat.

“The police need their time to get on with what they have got to do,” he said.

For the past two years, Street Angels groups from Reading and Newbury have worked in the town on the busiest nights during the regatta.

For more information, email lorraine.hillier@yahoo. or

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