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Carrickfergus Rotarians learn about the work of Street Pastors
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Street Pastors
Trevor from Street Pastors and President Brenda Houston


Trevor, a volunteer with Street Pastors explained how the organisation which was started in London by West Indian Les Isaac in 2003 now has 270 schemes in Great Britain & Ireland as well as schemes in countries throughout the world.

He described the work of the organisation as the church in action on the streets. In particular he spoke about their work in Belfast late on Friday and Saturday nights in areas where crowds of young people are exiting from pubs and Clubs. The volunteers working in teams look out for the most vulnerable and help to keep them safe. Their purpose is to care, listen and help.

He explained that caring and help may come in the form of handing out flip-flops to girls whose high heels are hurting and to prevent them from walking bare foot on broken glass; it may be picking up bottles to prevent injury or their use in an altercation; it may be helping someone who is stranded find a taxi or contact a parent for a lift; it may mean a low key intervention at an early stage to diffuse a potentially nasty situation developing or it simply may mean engaging with vulnerable people to listen and talk.

Their work complements that of the PSNI, the SOS Big Bus and other agencies working in the city late at night to create a safe environment.


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