About Heles Angels
Statistically speaking, Hele is in one of the most deprived 10% of areas in the country. Hele has a population of appoximately 5,000, 30% of which are living in social housing. 40% of people do not have access to a car or van, and many live in income deprivation, with 40% of children aged 0 - 19 and 34% of people aged 65+ living on low income. In addition, 5% of all crime in Torbay originates in Hele, and there are 23% more teenage pregnancies in Hele than the rest of Torbay.
The level of education in Hele is significantly lower than other areas of Torbay and throughout the country, with almost 40% of people in Hele aged 16 - 74 having no qualifications at all. In addition, only 37% of students in Hele obtained 5+ GCSE (grade A* - C), compared to an average of 64% in Torbay.
Public Health - Males in Hele have 3.4 years lower life expectancy than the rest of Torbay.
Hele's Angels is dedicated to improving these figures, as well as improving the general quality of life for the residents of Hele.
Where we are Now ...
* A 'One Stop' community shop with our own Neighbourhood Manager, Chris Forster.
* We have a Community Board with 15 members of the community and councillors.
* The community board is working with schools, doctors and businesses.
* Our community board tasks a neighbourhood team to address the community's concerns.
* Our community board members also volunteer in the Hele's Angels shop.
* Our volunteers are taking training in signposting, giving information and supporting the community.
* We have working groups which are looking at addressing - Youth-Child Poverty-Education.
* Torbay Council received government funding to work in developing deprived areas.
Since opening, Hele's Angels has helped to improve the community in a number of ways - just look at our 'what we do' page to see what we've been helping with in the past few months.