During January there were:
- 3 Friday night patrols
- 2 Saturday night patrols
- 5 Patrols totalling 25 hours of cover involving 17 Street Pastors
- 5 pairs of flip-flops given, 1 space blanket and 280 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastor teams cared, listened and helped in January:
- Cared for a young man who was unwell
- Helped a young lady how had lost her bag, phone and house keys
- Provided a calming influence to two lads in heated debate
We started 2016 seeing in the new year in the Market Square with many others who had come out to celebrate. We chatted and gave lollies to those we met.
The rest of January was a fairly quiet month for our teams, presumably with many people staying home and looking forward to pay-day!
We were there for several people that needed help, including a young man who was unwell having drunk too much. We provided wet wipes, tissues and a bottle of water.
We provided a calming influence to two lads that were getting aggressive with each other, having had a bit to drink and having found something to argue over. The presence of the police helped to separate the lads, but the argument was later rekindled and eventually petered out after we called our prayer team and asked them to pray about the situation.
One of our teams helped to walk a young lady home but once home she realised she had lost her bag, which contained her mobile phone and house keys. Two of our Street Pastors made her as comfortable as possible on the doorstep while the other two went off to find her friend and hopefully her bag and door key. As it was a cold night we wrapped the lady in a blanket and also got a hot water bottle to keep her warm. After quite some time we found her friend and eventually her bag. We were able to ensure the lady made it safely home with her friend there to look after her.