During August there were:
- 2 Friday night patrols, 2 Saturday night patrols and 1 Sunday night patrol
- 5 Patrols totalling 25 hours of cover involving 16 Street Pastors
- 5 pairs of flip-flops given and 26 bottles of water
- 190 lollies and Love Hearts given
Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in August:
- Looked out for a girl who had run away from home
- Found a bunch of keys on the ground
- Cared for a young drunk man who we found lying in the street
The police asked one of our teams to keep an eye out for a girl that had run away from home. We are pleased to report that the police found the girl later that night. We also partner with Missing People (missingpeople.org.uk) an organisation that sends us information and a picture of people who have been reported missing and who might be in our area.
One of our teams found a bunch of keys with a fob of a local gym. The team leader later took the keys to the gym to make an enquiry and they were successfully returned to the owner.
We found a drunken young man lying in the street in Wantage so we moved him to a nearby bench and stayed with him. After being sick a number of times he did revive but not enough to be left to make his own way home. Using our mobile power supply, we powered up his phone, got his friend’s number and arranged to take him to their house. We walked the man to his friend’s house to ensure his safety and that he would be cared for.
After a scuffle broke out between three men in Wantage we were on hand to provide tissues and wet-wipes and listen to the injured parties. We’re often able to intervene before a fight develops, but it’s not always possible, especially if it’s already underway. On this occasion it was over quickly, we didn’t need to call the police and were able to provide support to those involved.
We also chatted to a group of young people at Millbrook Square in Grove and spent time with two people in Wantage who are dealing with bereavement. Another man asked for our contact details asking if he could speak to a Street Pastor sometime.