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Oldham Street Angels

The speaker at our May meeting was the Reverend Canon Jean Hurlston, founder of Oldham Street Angels. When Jean moved to Oldham Parish Church nearly 15 years ago she questioned what the church did for the town. This started a conversation with Oldham Council, Greater Manchester Police and local businesses, particularly those within the night time economy.

This resulted in Oldham Street Angels – a team of volunteers working on Saturdays from 9 pm to 1 am in the town centre greeting visitors to pubs and clubs and looking out for those who may be vulnerable through drink or other substances.

President Elect Fiona in Street Angels uniform (L) and Jean (R)

They wear a very recognisable uniform and carry a bag of useful items including bottled water, a thermal blanket, sanitiser, hats and gloves, naloxone (an opiate antidote) and several information leaflets.

On Wednesday and Saturdays they work with rough sleepers, bringing them back to base and providing them with a hot meal, clothing and a shower.

We were very pleased to be able to give a donation to this worthwhile cause.