Pas­tors cel­e­brate 10 years of help on the streets

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life -

SOUTH­PORT’S Street Pas­tors are cel­e­brat­ing their 10th an­niver­sary or keep­ing peo­ple safe.

The pas­tors pa­trol the town cen­tre streets ev­ery Satur­day night, work­ing with venue own­ers, their staff and the po­lice to care for and sup­port any­body in need.

This in­cludes as­sist­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, those who have had too much to drink, en­gag­ing with the home­less, and help­ing dif­fuse po­ten­tially volatile sit­u­a­tions, as well as ad­min­is­ter­ing first aid.

Re­ly­ing solely upon vol­un­teers from lo­cal churches, they have given more than 8,000 hours to help keep peo­ple safe.

South­port Street Pas­tors co-or­di­na­tor El­iz­a­beth Wall­bank said: “Safety in the town cen­tre is achieved when dif­fer­ent groups work to­gether.

“We are very grate­ful to the po­lice for the amaz­ing job they do and thank them for all the help they have given to us over the years.

“Street Pas­tors are also pleased to be work­ing along­side the bars and clubs in the town cen­tre. The PubWatch group share our aim to make South­port a safe place and we would like to ex­press our thanks for their con­tin­ued sup­port.”

The Street Pas­tors were in­vited to be a part of the ap­pli­ca­tion for Pur­ple Flag sta­tus. This award, sig­ni­fy­ing a safe night en­vi­ron­ment, was given this month and was the cul­mi­na­tion of many months of hard work by South­port BID.

El­iz­a­beth said: “Over the years we’ve re­ceived fi­nan­cial sup­port from churches, com­mu­nity groups, fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and the bars of South­port. We feel very blessed to have this demon­stra­tion of sup­port, which en­ables the group to con­tinue to train new Street Pas­tors.”

Any­one want­ing to find out more about the work of the pas­tors or join­ing them can meet some of the vol­un­teers on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 at Lake­side Church, at 7.308.30pm.

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