The Evening and Night-time Economy : a successful case study

Street Angels - the Christian Nightlife Initiative

Street Angels – Christian Nightlife Initiative, was launched in Halifax in 2005 as a response by the town's church to issues in the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights. Since then the volunteers have helped reclaim no-go areas of their town once blighted by binge drinking. The group has spent over six years volunteering alongside the Police and local services to drive out drunken violence and anti-social behaviour and help protect vulnerable people on the streets. Following their work, the town has achieved Purple Flag status recognising a high standard of safety and cleanliness in the night-time economy.

Since its launch over 100 towns and cities across the UK, and even in Australia, have used Street Angels as a blueprint to introduce their own schemes. The scheme has also won the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award.

Street Angels now invests around 8,000 volunteering hours into Halifax each year which sees them patrol the town every weekend in distinctive uniforms offering assistance, ranging from helping elderly people onto public transport to flagging early signs of street violence or disorder to the police and CCTV operators.

For more information on the Street Angels in Halifax and CNI Network, which support local projects across the UK, visit the Street Angels website.