During September there were:
- 2 Friday night patrols and 3 Saturday night patrols
- 5 Patrols totalling 25 hours of cover involving 16 Street Pastors
- 11 pairs of flip-flops given and 14 bottles of water
- 380 lollies and Love Hearts
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in September:
- Walked a distressed young man home
- Checked on the welfare of three girls in Grove
- Visited Sweatbox on the opening of their new building
One of our teams spent a long time in Grove with a man and two young people that were causing a disturbance. Together with staff from a nearby shop, we tried to mediate between the two sides but unfortunately, as the situation became more aggressive, it was necessary to call the police. Things soon dissipated upon the arrival of two police officers and we were then able to spend time with the man to help calm him down. We offered to walk home with him, which he accepted saying that he felt safe with us.
We found three girls in Grove that had been drinking and were sitting on the pavement together. We checked that they were ok, gave them lollies and encouraged them to make their way home, which they did.
As well as giving away flip-flops to several ladies that were not wearing shoes, we spent time with a man who told us about his life following the loss of his wife several years ago and we also looked after a young man that had drunk too much and had got separated from his friends.
Each month two of our teams patrol at slightly earlier times from the rest of our teams; from 8 pm to midnight. This allows them to regularly visit Sweatbox youth centre who moved in to their new building on King Alfred’s Academy Centre Site in September. One of our teams called in to the opening night, chatted to young people and staff and gave away lots of lollies!