During February there were:
- 3 Friday night patrols
- 3 Saturday night patrols
- 1 Wednesday evening patrol
- 7 Patrols totalling 35 hours of cover involving 24 Street Pastors
- 4 pairs of flip-flops given, 400 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in February:
- Chatted to young people on an early evening patrol of Wantage
- Helped a young lady that had collapsed
- Assisted a wounded man that was unconscious and lying in the street
- Cleared litter, cans, bottles and broken glass from various locations
We patrolled on a Wednesday evening from 5.30 to 9 pm with a view to engaging with young people around Wantage. We met and chatted with a number of small groups of young people who were grateful to receive lollies. Thankfully, they didn’t need any further assistance or support from us.
We were on hand to help defuse tension between two young men and later spent time listening to one of them who felt he had been unfairly treated.
One of our patrols found a man lying on the pavement who was bleeding from his mouth, seemingly unconscious and surrounded by a group of people. We called for an ambulance and stayed with the man, who had regained consciousness, for some time working alongside the police to encourage the man to seek medical attention for his wounds. We left the man in the care of the police, a good friend and helpful members of staff from two nearby pubs.
We also cared for a young lady that had collapsed in Wantage. Again, we stayed with her and her caring friends until a paramedic arrived. After assessment by the paramedic, the young lady’s mother arrived and took her home.
Many of our teams cleared away litter, tin cans, bottles and broken glass from various areas of Wantage and Grove.