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Pastor patrol ready to go out at night
NIGHTS out in Evesham will look slightly different when a new Street Pastors scheme begins next month.
The initiative is part of a national project taking place in 250 places around the UK, which sees the volunteers engaging with people on a night out with the aim of providing care and support, to listen to problems or maybe just to talk throughout the night.
From Friday, October 4, kindhearted Vale volunteers will be taking to the streets for the first time.
Schemes elsewhere have been very successful with a lot of the pastors offering much needed help to revellers who have had one too many drinks, and rough sleepers.
So far 12 people have signed up to the scheme in Evesham so to begin with, it will only be in action on a Friday evening.
John Darby, lead co-ordinator of Evesham Street Pastors, said he was looking forward to launching the initiative in the town after months of preparation and training.
“On Friday, October 4 we will have a service at All Saints Church at 8pm and then from around 10pm we will be on the streets. That night we will be out for just a few hours, but in the following weeks we will be out until 3am.
“If more people got involved we may be able to go out on a Saturday but we would need a number of new people.
“We are all looking forward to it. The police and the community are very supportive of the scheme and the statistics for other places show that it makes a great difference.
“We look forward to being able to make a difference.”
For more details or to get involved, contact Mr Darby at email@example.com
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