During August there were:
- 3 Friday night patrols
- 3 Saturday night patrols
- 1 Sunday night patrol
- 7 Patrols totalling 37 hours of cover involving 24 Street Pastors
- 29 pairs of flip-flops were given and 270 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastor teams cared, listened and helped in August:
- Walked a distressed young lady home
- Calmed two groups of people that were having a disagreement
- Provided a space blanket to a shivering young lady
- Kept an eye on a distressed lone female
A couple alerted us to a group of young people that were arguing in Wantage. We went along and were able to provide a calming influence and ensure that the two groups went on their separate ways.
At the very end of one of our patrols we found a girl crying in a doorway. We spent some time with her, listening to her and eventually we walked home with her, making sure she was safe.
We were delighted to be able to patrol on the Bank Holiday Sunday at the end of August (a first for us). Wantage was busy with lots of people enjoying not having to go to work on the Monday. We helped 12 people with flip-flops that night, including one young man whose shoes were killing him! We also kept a close eye on a lone female who had fallen out with her friends but had declined help from us. She stayed in town for some time but we were very happy to see her get in to a taxi later on.
Two Street Pastors from Wantage & Grove joined with Street Pastors from other areas to patrol at Reading Festival. As well as helping care for people who were feeling unwell, we were able to point people in the right direction (to whatever it was they were looking for) and spent quite a bit of time helping several individuals who had totally lost their tents.