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Boro Angels launch in North Ormesby

Boro Angels are taking a key Middlesbrough community under their wing.

The Angels - already a huge success in central Middlesbrough - have arrived in North Ormesby.

The initiative aims to help the vulnerable and those in need of support and is an extension of the valued work that the Boro Angels carry out for Middlesbrough's night-time economy.

Boro Angels Chair and Trustee David Gee officially launched the new pilot at North Ormesby Community Hub on Wednesday (August 14).

David said: "As a registered charity the Angels provide a friendly, caring, compassionate and non-judgmental presence.

"We're there to assist anyone who may need help, no matter what their circumstances, and we're delighted to be able to extend that service to North Ormesby.

"Although there has already been local interest in volunteering and being part of this initiative, we would welcome anyone interested in volunteering to get in touch."

Boro Angels will run an initial six-month pilot, supporting the North Ormesby Community Strategy and Middlesbrough Council's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

While the Angels focus on the night-time economy in the town centre, the North Ormesby initiative will operate during the day, from the Community Hub and out and about on the streets.

The team will be supported by Middlesbrough Council's CCTV service and Street Wardens and will have use of a radio to link into both teams.

The event was supported by Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger and Middlesbrough's Head of Public Protection, Judith Hedgley. 

North Ormesby ward Councillor Ashley Waters said: "We have an amazing community in North Ormesby and it's an area that has so much going for it.

"But it also has huge challenges, which we're well aware of and are working to address with a whole range of partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

"The Boro Angels are a welcome addition, and I know they will make a real difference for those in need."

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, who attended the launch event, said: "The Boro Angels have been a huge success in the town centre night-time economy, and I know they're going to make real difference in North Ormesby."

"They provide another important layer of community support and reassurance, offering a helping hand to those in need."

To find out more about the work of the Boro Angels, visit their Facebook page.

Pictured: Amanda Millington, Middlesbrough Council Head of Public Protection Judith Hedgley, Natalie McCluskey, North Ormesby ward Cllr Ashley Waters, Boro Angels Chair David Gee, Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger, Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, Aimee Micklewright, Nigel Hughes, Fiona Helyer, Elisabeth Duff and Alma Dennison.