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City of Angels

Christmas may still be over, but the angels are sticking around. And there’s not a tinselly halo in sight…

Published on January 16th 2007.

City of Angels

It’s 3am. You left the club half an hour ago and since then have been aimlessly wandering the streets saying hello to strangers and stopping every now and then for a nice sit in a doorway. You can’t remember who you are, or where you live. All you know is that you have tequila down your top, and from what you can remember of the world, the man who is trying to get you into his Honda Civic ain’t no taxi driver. Or maybe he is. Kebabs, mmm. Oh yes, taxi. Actually, the more you look at it, it probably is a taxi. You’ll be ok.

Then, from out of nowhere, you’re gently pulled away by someone with a friendly face and a fluorescent jacket, who tells you that they’re an angel. You begin to think your drink was spiked. But, as the Honda Civic speeds off back to the land of bad men, the angel takes you to a warm cafe full of friendly people, where you are given a cup of tea and some chocolate, and wait while a taxi – a real taxi – is ordered for you. Then there’s just the task of remembering where you live…

So what happened? Well, you were helped by the Street Angels – a new scheme set up by the Nexus Project in the Northern Quarter.

Allow me to explain. Nexus is a hub of creativity, community and coffee in the heart of the Northern Quarter, and on a Saturday night stays open all night from midnight, as a safe place to wait for a taxi, or relax in between clubs or bars. If you’re stuck for a taxi at the end of the night, Nexus will be happy to order one for you, while you wait in the warmth with a cup of coffee and a cookie.

The café is run by volunteers, six of whom currently act as Street Angels – superheroes in fluorescent jackets who go out and about on a Saturday night to assist the drunk, the disorderly and the downright puddled.

The scheme piloted just before Christmas with great success, and from the end of January the Street Angels will become a permanent fixture of a Saturday night out in Manchester – making the mean streets of our city that little bit safer.

The Nexus Project is currently looking for volunteers to work in the Night café or as Street Angels – if you would like to help make Manchester a safer place, then call Chris Acher on 0161 236 0100 or email here

For more information on the Nexus Night Café, click here.

Jayne Robinson

Dale Street
M1 1JW
Tel: 0161 236 0100

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robJanuary 16th 2007.

if the street angels operating in the city centre on a saturday night was to be more high profiled then we might get more volunteer's and the bars and clubs would know about us then we might be able to expand and operate on other nights so if anyone knows of someone who could do posters of some kind to stick and the city then they should contact nexus

TonyJanuary 16th 2007.

Bob, we would dearly love to run the angels on Saturday and any other night that it's needed, but there are too few of us to make it viable. If you would like to volunteer please do so! The more people we have the more good work we can do.

bobJanuary 16th 2007.

i did the street angels project for a short while and found it very intresting but due to standing up for myself and speaking out i was told that my services are no longer required

karl.S.January 16th 2007.

Street angels is a very good idea, like tony said we would love to do a friday night too but we're lacking in staff for this to happen. We do help so many people each week and is a valuable and important Project. It lightens the work load for the G.M.A.S. and the police. If you would like to Volunteer even if its only once a moth please get in touch we would love to hear form you. Thank you all for the kind comments you have posted about the work we have done so far... I would like to also thank MC for posting this page about the angels the more publicity we can get the better. Karl x

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