During October there were:
- 3 Friday night patrols
- 3 Saturday night patrols
- 6 Patrols totalling 31 hours of cover involving 20 Street Pastors
- 15 pairs of flip-flops were given and 330 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastor teams cared, listened and helped in October:
- Stayed with two 15 year old lads waiting for a bus
- Assisted an unconscious girl and her friend
- Cared for a young man found lying in the street
- Cleared glass bottles, cans and other litter from Wantage and Grove
Our busiest night in October was Halloween, a night when there are always lots of people in Wantage. At the beginning of our patrol we found a young girl lying in the street, her friend trying to pick her up. We wrapped her in an emergency space blanket to help retain body heat and called for an ambulance. In the mean time the police helped locate family members and when the girl had revived sufficiently, her family took her home.
The team later found a young man lying in the street but found he was well enough to be escorted home once put the right way up!
One of our teams stayed with two young lads who had been to a fancy-dress party and were trying to get back to Oxford. We waited at the bus stop with them, gave them lollies and chatted to help pass the time!
Every month two of our teams visit Sweatbox Youth Centre in Wantage. Often there are over 150 young people there and our Street Pastors like to play table football, give lollies and chat to the young people.
All of our teams clear away litter, especially bottles, cans and broken glass from areas in Wantage and Grove and provide information on what is found to the Community Alcohol Partnership to help identify problem areas and in future hope to show how effective the initiative has been.