Smirnoff, LGBT Foundation and Westminster City Council have launched nighttime Soho Angels to help you get home safe!
Specially trained volunteers will be out on the streets of Soho this festive season!
They’ll be there ensuring Christmas revellers ‘end the night right’.
Whether handing out water or helping people get medical attention, the Soho Angels will be doing everything in their power to help people end the night right. They will also be trained to spot those who are most vulnerable – for example, due to being on their own, or being intoxicated.
Westminster City Council and LGBT Foundation are partnering on this new nighttime safety initiative, supported by Smirnoff. It’s designed to make London’s nightlife a safer space for everyone, and a more inclusive and understanding space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
The Angels home base, the Soho Night Hub located at St Anne’s, will offer a safe space for people to rest, recover, get help if they’ve fallen victim to crime, or simply charge their phone. The Hub and Angels are there for anyone who needs help while out at night in Soho, whether they are residents, visitors or tourists.
The pilot formally launches on December 7th, and it will run every Friday through December. With the lessons learned during this time, it’s hoped the scheme will be rolled out every Friday and Saturday from February 2019.
This new initiative stems from Westminster Council’s Licensing Charter work, and LGBT Foundation’s Village Angels programme, which has become a key fixture of Manchester’s nightlife. A number of partners are helping to deliver the project, including St John Ambulance, Drinkaware, Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and Safer West End.
Find the Angels on Friday nights in December, 10pm – 5am or head to the Night Hub at St. Anne’s on Dean Street for support. To find out more or sign up to volunteer as a Soho Angel visit www.endthenightright.org.