What is Arun Angels?
A volunteer “Street Angel” initiative that works in partnership with Police, Council, local christians, businesses and the community. Arun Angels is committed to the safety and well being of those who enjoy the nightlife of our town centres. In 2010, Arun Angels became a registered charity with its own board of trustees.
Who are Arun Angels?
Volunteers who have been trained in the role of a Street Angel. To support and facilitate the work of the Street Angels, there is a management group made up of local leaders and a network of prayer partners.
Who funds Arun Angels?
The startup funding came from a combination of sources including the Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership of Arun District Council, Sussex Police Authority and support from one of Bognor’s major commercial enterprises. As the project has become established, ongoing funding has come from a number of local organisations and regular commitments from some of the Churches in Bognor Regis and district.
What do the Street Angels do?
Street Angels have been patrolling the streets around the centre of Bognor on Saturday nights since December 2009. As part of the patrol, Street Angels watch out for those who are or have become vulnerable seeking to provide whatever help and support is appropriate. It is seen very much as a safety net service for those who find themselves in difficulty.
Who can become a Street Angel?
Anyone who is committed to the core Christian values of Arun Angels and has an interest in the well being of all those involved in Bognor Regis nightlife.
How can I become a Street Angel?
Contact a team leader on 07726 895544 or 07835 444053 and arrange to join a team as an observer for an evening. Training may then be organised following this session.
Do I need special skills?
A comprehensive training programme is provided which includes understanding the aims and objectives, drug and alcohol awareness, personal safety, conflict resolution as well as sessions on our Christian values.
Are Street Angels seen as a volunteer police force?
Street Angels are trained volunteers who will work independently but in co-operation with other agencies including police. Street Angels are not involved in law enforcement and have no authority beyond that of ordinary members of the public.
Will Street Angels be breaking up fights?
No. Street Angels are not expected to physically intervene in violent or aggressive situations. The training programme includes sessions on resolving conflict and how to identify and respond to potentially violent situations.