The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Village Angels Community Safety Scheme was re-launched earlier this year after receiving funding from Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund allocation, with an increased presence in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The Village Angels provide safety information, advice and support to people using Manchester’s famous Canal Street. In the first year, the Village Angels engaged with over 13,000 people, completing over 100 shifts and 2,200 hours of activities.

The Village Angels work in partnership with a variety of organisations and regularly liaise with statutory services such as the Police, Ambulance and Fire services.

Following further investment by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund, a Community Safety Coordinator has been recruited, as well as a change to the shift hours, in response to research and input from partner agencies.

Stefanie Hartley, Community Safety Coordinator comments “The Village Angels are the ‘friendly face of Canal Street’, offering information, help and support. The summer is an incredibly busy time and with Manchester Pride fast approaching, its key the Village Angels are there for people in need. This funding will give a much needed boost to the programme, and ensure we can continue to help thousands more people who continue to use Manchester’s Gay Village”

Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, comments “The Village Angels scheme is a great example of what can be achieved when we come together to work in partnership. The Village Angels provide a vital service in one of the busiest and well-known areas of Greater Manchester. This funding will help ensure their important work can continue and also be built on to make sure we are all responding effectively to the needs of one of Manchester’s most important areas – our Gay Village.”

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Village Angels are out on Fridays 8pm – 2am and Saturday 9pm – 3am, as well as other key times in the calendar.

For more information on The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Village Angels visit www.lgf.org.uk/angels or follow them on Twitter @LGF_Angels

For more information on the Community Safety Fund allocations, visit www.gmpcc.org.uk/communitysafetyfund

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