Monday, June 18, 2018

Caring, Listening, Helping. Meet Wrexham’s Street Pastors

They are trained volunteers from local churches that care about the local community. All street pastors will have completed 12 training sessions spread over a year covering subjects including conflict management, counselling and basic first aid.

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Providing a reassuring presence, street pastors listen to and talk with people, provide information on local agencies and aim to discourage anti-social behaviour.

Practical help provided by street pastors include handing out blankets, giving flip flops to clubbers unable to walk home in their high heeled footwear, giving out water, chocolate or sweets for energy and ensuring the safety of anyone feeling vulnerable. Street pastors remove bottles and other potential weapons from the streets, in order to discourage violence and vandalism.

They are led by a local coordinator and have support from local churches and community groups in partnership with WCBC, NW Police, CCTV staff, Door staff/Security, Paramedics, Welfare Centre and Red Cross Volunteers.

There are a total of 36 street pastors in Wrexham and they operate every Saturday night from 10.30pm until around 3am as well as every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.

Currently over 300 towns and cities across the UK have a street pastors team. There are also a growing number of street pastor teams overseas.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Street Pastors work, or are interested in becoming a Street Pastor yourself, please contact them here.

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/caring-listening-helping-meet-wrexhams-street-pastors/ (Thu Dec 14th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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