Soho Angels are watching over the West End

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Soho Angels group photo evening

With the West End due to be the hub of festivities once more for Chinese New Year (25 January 2020), the Soho Angels team are ready to help keep the Soho community safe.

You’ve told us that Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is a key priority for you and our aim is for every resident to feel safe and comfortable in their home. The Soho Angels project, run in partnership with the LGBT Foundation, is one way we can do this, and they are supporting residents in Soho and Covent Garden estate, as well as providing crucial support to visitors to the area.

Maggie Crowe, Chairperson of Odham’s Walk TMO, Soho and Covent Garden, has seen the Angels about town. She said:

“I think the Angels are fabulous. We are in the heart of the Soho community and I live in a thoroughfare where there are bars and clubs. Some of the things I’ve seen, and states people can get in, really worry me. So I think what the Angels do is incredible. They are lovely and act like parents to people out and about who really need their help!”

In their first year alone, the Angels have helped over 1,200 people. As well as keeping people safe, they’re preventing trips to Accident and Emergency and reducing crime and ASB. Recognisable in their pink reflective vests, the volunteers provide free and friendly help to anyone who needs it during a night out in the West End. From finding lost belongings or friends, to facilitating medical attention in partnership with St John Ambulance at their Night Hub, the Angels provide valuable support.

How to find the Soho Angels

Report Anti-Social Behaviour

If you want to report any incidents of ASB, you can contact us in confidence online here or on 0800 358 3783 or housing.enquiries@westminster.gov.uk.

Volunteer to help the angels

If you’re a resident looking to spread your wings and support the Soho community, you can volunteer as an Angel. This would involve being available on one Friday or Saturday night a month, to provide a range of practical and emotional support to anyone who may need help. Find out more about the Soho Angels and how to volunteer (opens new window).