8:53am Friday 11th February 2011
Winchester churches are seeking to set up a national late-night street safety scheme in Winchester.
Street Pastors operate in more than 130 towns and cities in Britain on Friday and Saturday nights, offering support to people on a night out.
They act as a calming influence, handing out blankets and water to those who are worse for wear, and make phone calls and arrange taxis on their behalf.
Winchester Crime Reduction Partnership and the police have asked city churches to help set up the initiative, with 11 joining up with the scheme.
To launch a patrol on Saturday nights, a team of 30 pastors is needed, with an additional 30 required to run on Friday nights as well.
Volunteers for the team must be over 18, have been committed to a Christian fellowship for more than one year and be able to attend nine training sessions running between April and June.
To obtain an application form for more information contact Jeanette Faulkner on 01962 854454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recruitment day was held at St John’s House, The Broadway, last week (Jan 31) but anyone interested can still submit an application form until Monday, February 28.
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