Improving the health and well-being
of people living in East Yorkshire
and Northern Lincolnshire
Hull Street Angels (HSAT) is a small local charity whose volunteers support patrons of Hull’s night time economy who may become vulnerable in some way. On any given weekend they may support 20 individuals by offering preventative advice as well as signposting to support agencies for repeat casualties. They have a calming influence on the city centre and revellers see them as people they can approach for guidance and support. This may take the form of basic first aid, conflict resolution, contacting parents to collect young adults, arranging taxis to get the patrons home safely and off the streets where they could fall victim to crime. Volunteers are provided a distinctive and protective uniform and training in basic first aid, conflict resolution, drug and alcohol awareness to appropriately deal with patrons and ensure their safety/health and wlefare whilst vulnerable.Their work contributes to reducing the need for emergency services to attend the scene thus reducing costs.
During the recent coronavirus pandemic the night time patrols were temporarily suspended and volunteer skills were transferred to assist the vulnerable in local communities with shopping, prescription collecting, dog walking, befriending calls and welfare checks. This 7 day service entailed additional costs in travel expenses and extra hours for the paid volunteer coordinator.
As pubs are now reopened, patrols are to be resumed in the city centre with associated additional costs for PPE and enhanced safe systems of work. Volunteers will be issued with their own equipment to avoid cross contamination, including rucksack, disposable face masks, aprons and gloves plus supplies of disinfectant wipes.