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What We Do

 

In Southampton our 100 volunteers are committed to the following initiatives:

  • Night-time Patrols – We send out patrols into the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights from about 10:30pm to 4 am.
  • Millbrook Community – We send out patrols into the Millbrook area on a Saturday evening.
  • Schools – We cover Cantell and Upper Shirley High Schools on a Wednesday afternoon during the time the children are vacating school.

In whatever context, street pastors offer reassurance, safety and support through listening, caring and helping. We are a tool for the local churches to help project God’s love into the city and we also work closely together with other partners to make Southampton a safer place.

In Southampton Street Pastors we are committed to targeted prayer. Our simple philosophy is that we do not deploy Street Pastors, in any capacity, unless they are backed up by dedicated prayer from our Prayer Pastors who are contactable in real time.

We are well known for providing girls with flip flops whilst out on patrol. The reason for this is to safeguard their feet from being injured. We also pick up empty bottles (three quarters of a metric tonne a year) which prevents them from being used as weapons. For those of you that like statistics (and who doesn’t), enjoy…

Patrol data April 2016 – March 2017

  • We have provided 282 patrols – 164 NTE patrols, 30 Community patrols and 88 School patrols
  • School patrols happened with the continuation of Basset Green Junior School being added to our Cantell patrol.
  • We helped over 5,466 times in the last year in a variety of ways.
  • We picked up 4,857 bottles from the streets and swept up 587 broken bottles.
  • Gave out 300 pairs of flip flops.
  • Helped 209 distressed and upset people.
  • Helped 82 vulnerable people.
  • Dealt with 12 safeguarding incidents.
  • Cleaned up 46 people and their vomit.
  • Aided 148 very drunk people needing assistance.
  • Assisted 49 people who were alone, 101 who were drunk as well.
  • 92 times we were called to help by officials and 35 times by the public.
  • We dealt with incidents where we have significantly saved police time and money, prevented crime or where further or worse crime would have resulted.
  • Over 333 times we prevented ASB (antisocial behaviour), calming situations and being a positive presence. We can report incidents were higher than in the previous monitoring period.
  • We have stories of bridge building, especially culturally, good conversations – over 2,313 conversations.
  • We are constantly looking out for the welfare of vulnerable individuals and ensure their safety is paramount. These can include those that are intoxicated through drink and/or drugs, lone females, females who appear to be subject of advances from predatory males and monitoring the wellbeing of the Street People.

We have now been sending out Community patrols in the Millbrook area for the last twelve months. These have been very well received by the local residents and our partners. The patrols are usually deployed between 6:15 pm to 10 pm.

We carry a variety of equipment to assist people who maybe feeling vulnerable, don’t want to be on their own, in need of first aid, a mobile phone charge, lost, ensure how to get home, struggling to keep warm, or maybe you just need a listening ear from someone who is not going to judge you.

We have many opportunities to share God’s love in both practical ways and also spiritually by way of praying with people, provision of bibles and affirm individuals with God’s word.

“Street Pastors is about Christians rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in practically responding to the problems of crime and safety. They are like beacons on our streets and I want to see them shining brightly in every constituency.”

David Burrowes MP, Patron of Street Pastors