Read a report about the role of Street Pastors from the Coordinators Conference 2014 Devon and Cornwall Police HQ Middelmoor.
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Totnes Street Pastor Teams go out between 10pm and 2am. The young people that they meet are very lively, but they are friendly and welcoming and generally the evening ends without incident as they make their way home. The Teams carry simple First Aid, space blankets and give out hot soup when they find people in need.
They also carry lollies and water. The sugar in the lollies helps counteract the effects of alcohol and they advise that drinkers take small sips of water throughout the evening and drinking a pint of water that way helps to keep the body hydrated.
The Street Pastors advise most strongly against the use of so called ‘legal highs’. These substances are completely unregulated and change their chemical composition regularly in order to make use of a current loophole in the law.
And yes, the Teams do still carry flip flops to hand out – high heels and tired feet often don’t mix!
The Teams have two new Street Pastors, Ann King and Susan Vaughan from the RC Church, who started formally in January 2014 having been trained in Autumn 2014. Training is now provided free by the Police and professionals and this has been a great boon to the scheme.
Here at Totnes we are now using the Quaker Meeting House as our Base all the year round and we have to say goodbye to Susan Vaughan, who due to pressure of work (not least Ofsted) has had to stand down.