SIX new volunteers became Street Pastors in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday night.
Street pastors patrol the town from 8.30pm until 3am on Friday nights with the aim of caring for, listening to, and helping those they meet.
Known for handing out flip-flops and lollipops to drunk nightclubbers, they are a predominantly Christian group.
Increasing their number from 12 to 18, the six new volunteers were commissioned at a celebration service at Holy Trinity Church on Friday evening before the team started its patrol.
Co-ordinator, Esther Roberts, said: “We were pleased to welcome some new team members on Friday night. They’ve all completed extensive training including drugs and alcohol awareness, conflict management, listening skills and roles and responsibilities.
“Having had safeguarding checks, they’re ready to patrol the streets, full of enthusiasm for helping the town at night, and backed by their different churches.”
The evening celebration included speeches from Ron Ball, Police and Crime Commissioner and the deputy mayor, Ian Fradgely, as well as interviews with the street pastors about why they serve the town in this way.
Street Pastors is a multi-denominational national charity and includes Christians from many different churches in Stratford district.
For more information contact co-ordinator Esther Roberts on 07834 227677.
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