The Village Angels of Mancheter’s Gay Village have been recognised by the Queen.
The organisation has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It’s the highest honour that organisations in the voluntary sector can receive.
The winners of the award are announced on June 2nd each year, the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.
help when you need it
The Village Angels are run by the LGBT Foundation. They patrol the gay village in Manchester on Friday and Saturday nights, offering assistance to those who need a little help.
The organisation offer first aid, help getting home, and assistance in reporting crime. They also run a safe haven.
This year the Angels have begun to expand outside of Manchester, beginning a similar service in London’s Soho.
“I’m absolutely delighted”, says Paul Martin, the Chief Executive of the LGBT Foundation.
“We started the programme in 2011 to support people who may be vulnerable or at-risk on a night out but may not need the emergency services”
praise from the mayor
The Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, says the group help take some of the strain off the emergency services.
“I’ve seen first-hand the amazing work of the Village Angels”, he says. “Throughout the year, from the height of summer to the depths of winter, the Angels are there to provide vital help and support to people in the Gay Village”.
The LGBT Foundation say since they started running the service they’ve helped nearly 100,000 people.