During July there were:
- 3 Friday night patrols and 3 Saturday night patrols
- 6 Patrols totalling 30 hours of cover involving 20 Street Pastors
- 6 pairs of flip-flops given and 22 bottles of water
- 300 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in July:
- Cared for a young man that had had too much to drink
- Offered help to a man sat in a doorway
- Helped search for a lost door key
We patrolled in Wantage on the evening of the England-Sweden World Cup football game. The atmosphere in Wantage (following England’s win) was happy and many people were in town for a drink and some were a little high-spirited! The police were in town and they dealt with an aggressive man. We spotted another man sat in a doorway and offered some help, which was declined. The man stood up and said he only lived down the road.
Another team met a young man that had had too much to drink, and was sleeping on the ground with a small group of friends around him. Concerned for his wellbeing we checked that he was asleep rather than unconscious and decided it wise to call a parent to come and take him home. Mum arrived with a helpful neighbour and took the young man home in a car – however, we saw him back in Wantage later that night.
Street Pastors chatted to two ladies that seemed intent on starting a fight with two men. We stayed with them some time to help calm things down until it seemed ok to leave.
One of our teams that visit Grove chatted to young people at Mary Green park and cleared lots of litter and rubbish from an area just outside the park.
We found a man searching for a lost door key. We spent about 40 minutes looking for the key (to no avail) and lent a fleece for the man to wear to keep warm overnight. Unfortunately he didn’t find his door key until daylight!