During May there were:
- 2 Friday night patrols and 2 Saturday night patrols
- 4 Patrols totalling 20 hours of cover involving 14 Street Pastors
- 7 pairs of flip-flops given and 23 bottles of water
- 180 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in May:
- Offered help to a distressed mother and her daughter
- Assisted a homeless man
- Helped to bring calm to a potentially aggressive situation
- Cared for a young lady who was unwell
On a rainy day Street Pastors met a man who was sleeping rough in Wantage and was cold and wet. It just so happened that we had been given some soup, leftover from a church lunch and so we were able to give him some hot soup. We also have a few supplies just in case we meet a homeless person, so we gave him a space blanket, a hat and a pair of gloves, and some snacks. He was very grateful and let us know that he was also being helped by social services.
We offered to help a distressed mother and daughter and although our offer was mostly declined we said that we wouldn’t be far away if they needed us. At the end of our patrol we saw them with another family member who had now arrived. They were more peaceful and made their way home in a taxi.
We cared for a young woman who we found unwell in Wantage. We gave her water, wet wipes and tissues and stayed with her until some friends came to take care of her.
We met a man who had just arrived in Wantage and didn’t know anyone here. He was mourning the loss of his father last year and asked us to pray for him and the issues he faces.
Right at the end of one of our patrols we heard some commotion coming from an alley and went to investigate. We gave lollies and helped to calm everything down and stayed with them until everyone started to make their way home.