The brand new team of people hoping to help those who find themselves in need in Skegness town centre were officially given their badge of office, last Thursday by The Bishop of Lincoln, the church community and dignitaries.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Skegness Coun Jim Carpenter and Kathleen Cullen attended the commissioning service of the new Street Pastors Project at St Matthew’s Church, Lumley Avenue.
The mayor also joined the team of nine for the pastoral visit for a couple of hours on the night.
“It was really well attended and the mayor went out with them,” said Maureen Carrington-Hunt Co-ordinator for the Skegness Street Pastors.
As reported, the Skegness Street Pastors are members of the congregation from churches in and around Skegness who have been trained to offer support to those who, through drink, have found themselves vulnerable late at night.
On the same evening, Lincolnshire Police held its ‘Safe Zone’ event, which used the Mobile Police Station as a hub. It was based in Grand Parade from 8pm. It looked to promote the public safety of ‘pubbers and clubbers’ in the town.
The Street Pastors will be handing out practical items such as foil blankets, flip flops to those wearing unsuitable footwear and bottles of water to help combat dehydration.
The initiative has already been really well received, with more individuals wishing to get involved with The Street Pastors or the prayer team.
“There’s been a good response, from individuals and the pubs,” added Maureen.
Anyone who would like to volunteer should call 01754 763362. Volunteers should be a church-goer, over 18 and be able to supply a letter of recommendation.