Lincoln Street Pastors have welcomed six new recruits to its team, expanding the organisations reach in helping the city’s revellers and homeless.
The new pastors, who are typically referred to by their first names only, are: Roy, Peter, Corinna, Bea, Becca and Maggie. The organisation is hoping that others will be inspired to join them so that the team can bolster its number to patrol the city’s streets regularly on Friday as well as Saturday nights.
“We are delighted to welcome the new recruits, but we are still in need of more volunteers, after suffering a reduction in numbers over the past few months. That has meant that we can only send a team out on the last Friday night of the month, instead of every Friday,” said Lincoln Street Pastors Co-ordinator Teena Twelves.
“We still send a team out every Saturday night – and they work between the hours of 10.30pm and 3.30am, but we need more people to give full Friday night cover too.”
Lincoln Street Pastors, who have a base within Lincoln BIG’s offices, have been an important presence, providing a listening ear and support to revellers and the homeless out late at night, for more than 10 years.
In their backpacks they carry coffee, soups and water, along with flip-flops for bare feet, giving comfort to party-goers, and space blankets offering essential extra warmth to the homeless on cold nights.
Teena said Lincoln Street Pastors have been helped by a funding boost of £15,000 from Lincoln Methodist District and Circuit, and a further £10,000 from Lincolnshire Police for training purposes.
“We have been successful in recruiting more pastors after visiting churches and community groups where we have been able to tell people much more about what we do,” said Teena.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said: “We are a growing city and we want everyone to enjoy their weekend nights out. The street pastors do a wonderful job in ensure people feel safe and we hope their numbers continue to rise.”