Bideford street pastors hand out flip-flops and lollipops
Bideford s Street Pastors added a new non-offensive weapon to their arsenal this week - lollipops! During their first four Saturday nights on the streets of Bideford, the Street Pastors have been instrumental in calming three aggressive situations, have
Bideford's Street Pastors added a new non-offensive weapon to their arsenal this week - lollipops!
During their first four Saturday nights on the streets of Bideford, the Street Pastors have been instrumental in calming three aggressive situations, have given practical support to nine vulnerable people and have removed more than 100 bottles and glasses from the streets.
They have also given away 21 pairs of flip-flops to bare-footed women who might otherwise have injured their feet on broken glass still remaining.
After training in various street related skills the Street Pastors patrol from 10 pm to 4 am to care, listen and help.
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They are all volunteers from local churches, independent and non-judgemental and not part of the police or any other statutory authority.
They are not street preachers, either, but will respond to emotional and faith related issues if asked.
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Each team carries a support bag containing first aid supplies, foil blankets, flip- flops, gloves, dustpan and brush and other useful items.
On Saturday night they added a supply of lollipops to offer the clubbers on their way home. In many other towns, this simple and fun idea has been shown to help reduce noisy and disruptive incidents on the streets in the early hours of the morning. The lollipops were so well received that initial supplies ran out.
Co-ordinator, Duncan Withall said: "We will do whatever it takes to keep people safe and happy on Bideford's streets."
More volunteers are required. Street Pastors must be members of a Christian church, over 18 and prepared to offer at least one duty per month.
To make contact, call (01237) 475755 or 07592 021464.