Pastors celebrate 10 years of help on the streets
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.