26th Oct, 2016

Street Pastors are proving a smart idea

Evesham Editorial 9th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’s popular Street Pastors will celebrate their first birthday with the launch of a new app to help keep revellers safe on the town’s streets.

The smart phone app ‘Your Night’ helps visitors find clubs, pubs and also churches, visit www.evesham.yournight.mobi for more information.

The popular scheme was launched in September 2013 and will host a service of celebration tonight (Friday) from 7.30pm at All Saints Church.

Volunteers will share their experiences so far and the feedback from partner organisations and the people they meet every Friday on the streets of Evesham

Evesham Street Pastors is a group of some 40 volunteers from local churches as part of a national organisation of some 12,000 street pastors, who play an active part in more than 270 towns.

The group who have been funded and supported by local councils and the police are there to listen, care and help those they meet.

Evesham’s Street Pastors have gone from strength to strength since the launch with support from the town council, local

churches, Vale MP Sir Peter Luff, Wychavon District Council and West Mercia Police.

As well as hundreds of conversations, the street pastors have given out 3,000 lollies to put a smile on people’s faces, offered bottles of water and blankets where needed and helped sore footed clubbers by providing 150 pairs of specially branded

Street Pastors flip-flops.

PC Emma Burrows, praised the work of the Street Pastors and said: “The Evesham Street Pastors have been in and around

Evesham town now for a year and they are highly effective in their role.

“I have personally witnessed the pastors outside Marilyns Night club calming a situation where police were arresting a person.

“The pastors were able to effectively calm a large number of people who were attempting to become involved.

“I have no doubt that their presence prevented further arrests.” she added.

Visit www.evesham.streetpastors.org.uk for more information about the Street Pastors scheme.