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Street Pastors are looking for more recruits

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

FRIENDLY FORCE: Street Pastors in Fore Street last Saturday night.

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BODMIN'S Street Pastors are looking to recruit more people to join the teams who go out onto the town's streets on Saturday nights to help those who may find themselves vulnerable or in need of assistance.

The volunteers, who need to be church members, will be fully trained by different agencies to cover first aid, drug and alcohol abuse, social service provisions and even how to respond if they find dangerous weapons.

A team consists of four people, but because of illness and one trained pastor leaving the area, there are now only five trained people to cover patrols and so the rota has had to be amended from fortnightly to monthly, making it more difficult to form relationships with those on the streets late on Saturday evenings.

Committee member Alan Priestley said the pastors had carried out some important work over the past 12 months.

"In the past year, seven people have been escorted to safety with more than 500 people engaged in conversation,'' he said.

"A small number of antisocial incidents have also been attended where the Street Pastors have been able to intervene and calm the situation. In addition, they have been able to give practical help, either by guiding people to which services might be able to assist them, or by being able to provide the help directly.

"During their patrols, a large number of bottles and cans have been collected."

The church-led local initiative began in Bodmin in 2011 after ten volunteers received training.

Street Pastors now work in towns and cities across the UK and they are the church's response to problems that can occur on the streets at night.

Police in Bodmin support the initiative, and say that statistics show such schemes have been successful in reducing crime rates in areas where they have operated.

To continue the service in Bodmin, more Street Pastors are now urgently required for training. Volunteers should contact the local co-ordinator on 07914 668812.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 06 2014, 10:47AM

    It's just surprising that the Bodmin Lib - Dem's aren't taking the credit for this, they claim the credit for everything else in the town, What's the matter Mrs K, no spare time or no personal benefit?

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  • Spotswood  |  February 05 2014, 6:55PM

    I'm sure the people receiving the help don't care if the volunteers believe or not in a God, or whether they're members of the church. And to Bob regarding AndyTheRoo, maybe he would like to help, but he's not welcome. Many people do good things all over the world for no other reason but to do good and help. This is "true" giving, where there's no payback, no agenda and no proselytising. It seems like their agenda is to further promote their version of a world view and promote their God, religion and their particular church.

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  • DoUntoOthers  |  February 05 2014, 3:31PM

    Love the idea of the service, love that it helps people in need or in trouble. Hate 'Need to be Church members'. Does this mean you are not qualified to help if you don't have faith ?

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  • BobToronto  |  February 05 2014, 11:51AM

    Andytheroo says it all. Why does he question the motives of a group helping those in need? What is he doing to help? Perhaps he cannot tell the difference between preying and praying?

  • AndyTheRoo  |  February 05 2014, 10:50AM

    "The volunteers, who need to be church members" - Why do they have to be church members? Oh wait! It's so they can prey on the vulnerable and those who need assistance in the hope they will find god/jesus and add to their church numbers.

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