During October there were:

  • 2 Friday night patrols
  • 3 Saturday night patrols
  • 5 Patrols totalling 26 hours of cover involving 17 Street Pastors
  • 6 pairs of flip-flops given and 16 bottles of water
  • 300 lollies and Love Hearts

Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in October:

  • Cared for a vulnerable autistic lady while she waited to be collected
  • Helped to calm down two quarrelling men
  • Assisted those that were feeling ill, both male and female

A number of our teams cared for people who were unwell due to drinking too much alcohol. We provided water and wet-wipes and ensured that they had a means of getting home safely.

On one occasion we found a lady sitting on the ground waiting for a taxi. She was on her own and we felt it wise to stay with her until the taxi arrived. We were glad we did; her cousins arrived and gave her a lift home after letting us know that she suffers from autism and can be quite vulnerable.

One of our teams provided a calming influence to two men who were arguing and spoiling for a fight. Together with others standing by, we encouraged the men to keep calm. We are pleased to say that the situation didn’t escalate and we ended our patrol without there being a fight.

Wantage & Grove Street Pastors is a partner in the Wantage & Grove Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), in which numerous organisations work together to help reduce underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour in Wantage and Grove. Our coordinator, Nigel Watt, was delighted to attend the Community Alcohol Partnerships 10 year anniversary celebration in London, and on behalf of the Wantage & Grove CAP, collect the CAP of the Year award. Well done everyone involved!