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Street Pastors seek volunteers after five years of helping Weymouth party-goers
WEYMOUTH’s Street Pastors are looking for more volunteers after five years of success.
Trained volunteers from across churches in Weymouth and Portland give up their Friday and Saturday nights to offer help, assistance and a listening ear to party-goers in Weymouth town centre.
Since June 2008 to September 14 this year, the street team have a patrolled on a total of 527 nights, and been around for thousands of people in need .
They have helped with someone who was unwell or upset a total of 821 times, engaged with young people at risk 97 times and even intervened in anti-social behaviour 66 times.
The pastors, who are out from 10pm to 4am, carry a rucksack of essentials including bottles of water, lollipops and flip flops to hand out. They also help to sweep up broken glass and pick up bottles to make getting home safer.
The initiative was started five years ago and on June 15 and the team has completed their 500th patrol.
Ken Crafer, Weymouth street pastor coordinator, said: “We have been in operation in the town for more than five years now and draw our volunteers from a wide range of churches.
“The street teams are supported by volunteers who pray for us and they are on a one night a month rota.”
Street team members must commit to a series of training days to equip them for their role, with each volunteer needed to carry out one patrol a month.
The work involves helping and listening to those in need and giving practical help and also assisting people to get home safely.
In the last five years they have handed out more than 2,000 pairs of flip flops, around 1,700 bottles of water and 111 space blankets.
Weymouth Street Pastors have helped thousands of people in the last five years.
From June 2008 to 14 Sept 2013
- No of Nights: 527
- Team street/ prayer hours: 3,162
- People street/ Prayer hours: 12,648
- Contacts: 3,300
- General engagement with community: 2,171
- Helped with someone who was unwell or upset: 821
- Engaged with at risk young people: 97
- Accompanied someone for safety reasons: 104
- Intervened in anti-social behaviour: 66
- Intervened in domestic argument: 53
- Family/relationships related: 86
- Alcohol related : 730
- Drugs related : 27
- Smashed glass: 1,053
- Flip flops: 2,250
- Bottles of water: 1,709
- Space blankets: 111
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