Help street pastors dish out more lollipops

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STREET pastors in Wallingford are seeking new volunteers so they can offer help to night-time drinkers twice a week – and perhaps even save someone’s life.

The town’s team of street pastors launched a year ago and 20 volunteers have been offering support to people enjoying a night out every Friday.

Now they want to double the number of volunteers in the team so they can patrol the town centre every Saturday night as well.

The scheme is backed by Churches Together Wallingford and the Ascension Trust.

As well as offering drinkers advice, street pastors also hand out flip-flops to women who have lost or damaged their shoes as well as lollipops.

Co-ordinator Ralph Shephard said the scheme had been a great success, with volunteers supporting drinkers between 10pm and 2am every Friday.

Mr Shephard, 57, said: “I think it has been a very successful year and I know Thames Valley Police support what we are doing.”

Senior street pastor Frances Willoughby, from Wallingford, added: “Street pastors are known for giving out lollipops and we have handed out about 3,000 in our first year. A lollipop can be a small token when we meet people and can sometimes be used to calm an aggressive moment.”

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The street pastors have also picked up 300 bottles to keep the town tidy and prevent their use as weapons.

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3:36pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Wallingford2 says...

Lollipops diffusing arguements? Really?

To be honest, the pubs have done a better job on their own. The grotty ones have closed and the others are keeping the standards high. Take the Green Tree for example, perfect way of turning down a regular trouble spot to a fun, well run and clearly popular business. No more 2am sirens.
Lollipops diffusing arguements? Really? To be honest, the pubs have done a better job on their own. The grotty ones have closed and the others are keeping the standards high. Take the Green Tree for example, perfect way of turning down a regular trouble spot to a fun, well run and clearly popular business. No more 2am sirens. Wallingford2
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10:36pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Darkforbid says...

A pastor is usually an ordained leader of a Christian congregation.

Now all you have to do is play giveaway Kojak,, put on the uniform and you're in!!?
A pastor is usually an ordained leader of a Christian congregation. Now all you have to do is play giveaway Kojak,, put on the uniform and you're in!!? Darkforbid
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8:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

Street Pastor Coordinator says...

It's true that there are fewer sirens, which is good. However there are still vulnerable people who appreciate a friendly presence late at night.

As for 'Kojak', he didn't have 50 hours of training and CRB checks. Nice quote though, I'd forgotten about Kojak though I'm getting more like him (in some ways) every day!
It's true that there are fewer sirens, which is good. However there are still vulnerable people who appreciate a friendly presence late at night. As for 'Kojak', he didn't have 50 hours of training and CRB checks. Nice quote though, I'd forgotten about Kojak though I'm getting more like him (in some ways) every day! Street Pastor Coordinator
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12:02pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Darkforbid says...

"50 hours of training and CRB"

Oh,, sorry I got it wrong, 50 hours training and a CRB,.. and you can use a ordained minster tag, Wow, anybody else think Christianity is fast becoming the biggest joke on the planet.
"50 hours of training and CRB" Oh,, sorry I got it wrong, 50 hours training and a CRB,.. and you can use a ordained minster tag, Wow, anybody else think Christianity is fast becoming the biggest joke on the planet. Darkforbid
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1:03pm Thu 15 Nov 12

onthestreets says...

What's so funny, Darkforbid? A few Christians give up a lot of time to do training, then go out until 2 a.m. or so without being paid, and this makes Christianity a joke? Sounds to me like this sort of Christianity is a lot closer to the founder than sitting in churches singing hymns. And that label pastor just means shepherd - the person who keeps an eye out to see all the sheep are OK. It's not like calling yourself Reverend or something!
What's so funny, Darkforbid? A few Christians give up a lot of time to do training, then go out until 2 a.m. or so without being paid, and this makes Christianity a joke? Sounds to me like this sort of Christianity is a lot closer to the founder than sitting in churches singing hymns. And that label pastor just means shepherd - the person who keeps an eye out to see all the sheep are OK. It's not like calling yourself Reverend or something! onthestreets
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1:40pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Darkforbid says...

Wrong it's church promotion, and a pastor is someone with spiritual leadership over a group of people,, yes I know lots of christian groups have split away invented there own rules (over 33.000),.. Oh and you use activity for promotion and fund raising,, so unpaid?

And Jesus was a Jew,,, killed for preaching against his faith
Wrong it's church promotion, and a pastor is someone with spiritual leadership over a group of people,, yes I know lots of christian groups have split away invented there own rules (over 33.000),.. Oh and you use activity for promotion and fund raising,, so unpaid? And Jesus was a Jew,,, killed for preaching against his faith Darkforbid
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2:41pm Thu 15 Nov 12

onthestreets says...

Who is denying that Jesus was a Jew??
Yes, unpaid. Street Pastors are unpaid. Fact. Fund raising covers the costs of training, uniform and the bottles of water, flip-flops, lollipops, space blankets to keep someone warm while the ambulance is coming - that's it. Street Pastors do not have 'spiritual leadership' over anyone. Maybe you should look at the Ascension Trust website, which would give you a more accurate view?
Who is denying that Jesus was a Jew?? Yes, unpaid. Street Pastors are unpaid. Fact. Fund raising covers the costs of training, uniform and the bottles of water, flip-flops, lollipops, space blankets to keep someone warm while the ambulance is coming - that's it. Street Pastors do not have 'spiritual leadership' over anyone. Maybe you should look at the Ascension Trust website, which would give you a more accurate view? onthestreets
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