During March there were:
- 3 Friday night patrols
- 3 Saturday night patrols
- 6 Patrols totalling 31 hours of cover involving 19 Street Pastors
- 10 pairs of flip-flops given, 250 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in March:
- Supplied a very cold, young man with a space blanket to keep him warm
- Helped a young man care for his friend
- Worked with a man’s friends to help calm him down
- Provided power to two mobile phones
One of our teams used our mobile power supply to help two people get telephone numbers out of their devices. Having spent some time with a young man who was caring for his unwell friend and trying to get him home, we kept the man warm, with a space blanket and were able to contact a parent and ask for them to come and collect the men.
We looked after a young lady who had drunk too much, staying with her for a while and ensuring she was on her way home in a taxi. A distressed young lady approached one of our teams seemingly a little confused. We spoke with her briefly, seeking to offer some help, however she left in a bit of a hurry.
We worked with a distressed man’s friends to help calm him down and keep him from seeking retribution following an altercation one night. After a short time, the offer of one of our lollies was just the right thing to change his mood. A lolly helps to put some sugar back in the blood stream, which helps reduce confusion and aggression – but sometimes, the simple gesture of a free lolly is all that’s needed
At the end of March we were at King Alfred’s Academy for our second alcohol education Theme Day working alongside our partners in the Wantage & Grove Community Alcohol Partnership. We gave out about 400 lollies and chatted to students about our work on the streets and all that they had learned in the different sessions they visited. Another very successful day!