Nottingham’s Street Pastor scheme has reached a new milestone after helping over 10,000 people across the city.
The figure is just one of a number released to mark the fourth birthday of the initiative, which launched in March 2010.
Run from the Malt Cross on St James’ Street, up to 12 volunteer Street Pastors can be found in the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights. They are on hand to help those whose nights out have not gone quite to plan.
The new figures show that during the past four years the Street Pastors have:
· Spoken to 10,205 members of the public.
· Handed out 2,669 bottles of water.
· Picked up 10,675 broken bottles from the streets of Nottingham.
· Administered first aid to 513 people.
· Used 524 space blankets to help keep revellers and homeless individuals warm.
· Given out 2,263 pairs of flip-flops to those who have lost their shoes or are unable to walk in the ones they are wearing.
· Helped 91 people get home by paying for a taxi.
Commenting on the release of the figures, Jo Cox-Brown, chief executive of the Malt Cross Trust, said:
“To have been able to engage with and help more than 10,000 people over the past four years is simply amazing.
“These stats show what a fantastic job all of our volunteers do to help make Nottingham a better place to enjoy a night out.
“From simple things like handing out lollipops and flip-flops, to supporting victims of crime, everything that the Pastors do is helping to make a real difference.”
In addition to having a visual presence on the streets of Nottingham, the Street Pastors also operate the Safe Space scheme from the Malt Cross, which is supported by Nottingham City Council, the police and NHS. Providing a place for people to wait for a taxi, sober up or get information on drugs, alcohol, domestic violence or first aid, the space is also used by the police to interview crime victims and for paramedics to triage anyone who has injured themselves.
As Jo reveals, there is potential for the scheme to get even bigger:
“As well as our operations in the city centre, Street Pastors have also started working within estates in the city suburbs too. We would love to be able to expand our services even further to offer support on more nights of the week and also at major local events such as music festivals.
“With this in mind, we’d like to hear from anyone interested in volunteering as a Street Pastor. We’ll be working with our new volunteers to provide the necessary training from 24 May, so now is the perfect time to get in touch and help make a difference.”
Earlier this year it was revealed that the Malt Cross had successfully secured £1.38 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The money will form part of a major project to renovate the existing building and open up two unused floors and an 11th century cave to create a new state-of-the-art heritage education, tourism, arts, crafts and music centre. Part of the renovation work will see a new, larger Safe Space created.