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Street pastors are all ready for action
8:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
THE streets of Evesham welcomed some new night time guardians during the town’s mop fair as Street Pastors patrolled for the first time.
The group of 12, who have been preparing for the outing for many months, had been looking forward to their first time out and about helping people with problems on the streets of the town.
Street Pastors is a nationwide initiative started 10 years ago by networks of churches to help people by giving them water, flip flops for those who have lost their shoes or just a friendly ear to listen.
John Darby, Evesham Street Pastors co-ordinator, has led the initiative in Evesham, which is supported by several local churches.
He said: “I was amazed at the welcome we received on the streets and proud to be a Street Pastor.
“Young people knew about Street Pastors, had been helped by them in other places and appreciated what they did.
I have no doubt that Street Pastors will be of significant benefit to the town.”
The patrols will operate from 10pm to 3am every Friday and may include other days as the number of volunteers grow.
Before the initial outing a service of commissioning at All Saints’ Evesham saw the Mayor of Evesham, councillor Mark Goodge, and local leaders from the police and councils joined by church members and friends.
The culmination was the presentation of the final piece of the Street Pastors uniform; the cap by Anwar Bourazza from Ascension Trust, which organises the pastors.
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