The manager of a volunteer project that provides a helping and caring presence in Middlesbrough on Saturday nights will receive a Mayor’s Award on Thursday, March 3.
Boro Angels, is a partnership of volunteers representing churches and the wider community, backed by the council and Safer Middlesbrough Partnership, started in January 2010.
Around 15 volunteers, managed by Tracey Brittain, work in teams of three or four on these nights providing help and support for people who are ‘out on the town’.
The Boro Angels do a lot of practical work – seeking out those who have become vulnerable if, say an individual who is a stranger to the town becomes separated from their group, offering flip flops to those in need and helping people to find ways of getting home.
To do their work the Boro Angels have to build up good working relationships with the police and other emergency services, pubs, clubs, takeaways, taxi drivers and council enforcement officers with the aim of helping the town and its visitors.
“I’m really proud and delighted to receive this award on behalf of all our volunteers,” said Tracey. “Since we started, the Boro Angels have done some great work to help people who visit the town at weekends.
“We work well with all the authorities and anyone in need knows that we offer a friendly face and practical help where we can. We’re all proud of our town and this is one way that we can put something back into it.”
Mayor Ray Mallon said: “Tracey has a fine record of service to her town and community both professionally and in all her voluntary activities, especially managing the Boro Angels project. She is a tremendous role model for people of all generations.
“The Boro Angels team has made a real difference to the town on a Friday and Saturday night. Their ambition to help their town is something I greatly admire and she thoroughly deserves the award.”
Could you be an angel? For more details of what Boro Angels do, or how you can become a volunteer please visit http://www.boroangels.co.uk or call Tracey on 07539839835.
The scheme will be extended to cover Friday nights starting in mid April.