Students from York College studying the Level 2 Sub Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair have embarked on an exciting new project helping the York Street Angels. The students will remove the tail lift ramp and a number of seats in the ‘Angel Bus’.
The Street Angels are made up of a team of volunteers who meet each Friday and Saturday night across the city's churches and then walk the streets, helping people in the city centre. Each volunteer wears a reflective "Street Angels York" jacket and they are easily recognisable as professional and safe people to approach. Volunteer's duties can include giving directions, advising where the nearest taxi ranks are located and where to find a safe place to stay for the night. They also identify those in vulnerable situations: single girls needing someone to walk them to a taxi or wait with them for a bus, individuals who have lost their mates and their mobile phones or maybe the homeless who have encountered a distressing incident with a member of the public.
A vital part of their work is the 'Angel Bus' which is used as a base for the Angels as well providing a safe place for people to wait for friends or a taxi home, with free hot drinks being served.
A spokesperson from York Street Angels said," We are very grateful to the students and staff at York College for helping us with the modifications to our minibus which is used as a mobile office. It is gratifying to see how links between education and the local community can be fostered. In addition it is hoped that by using local students and staff we have raised the profile of the work we do at the weekends in the centre of York."
Lee Thompson (previously of Malton School) and Josh Rollinson (previously of Selby High) both worked on the bus said: "This is such a good experience for us to have an actual customer's vehicle to work on. It's something different and we are pleased that we can help Street Angels and learn at the same time."