The first volunteers for Spalding’s new Street Pastors scheme have been given an insight into the challenges facing them when they hit the streets this summer.
Almost 40 people who have signed up to be Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors attended an open forum at The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, on Thursday which included a presentation by Mike Jessop, co-ordinator of the scheme in Boston.
Volunteers also had their measurements taken for the distinctive blue uniforms they will be wearing during night-time patrols of Spalding town centre that are expected to start in July.
Pastor Chas Sandhu, minister at The Lighthouse Church, said: “The meeting went very well and we had Mike Jessop with us to share his experiences of Street Pastors in Boston.
“Mike said people were very accepting of Street Pastors in Boston, they are very well-received in the town and our volunteers will find it will be the same in Spalding.”
Training sessions for Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors are due to be begin at The Lighthouse Church on Saturday when volunteers will be briefed on their role and responsibilities.
The scheme has been backed by South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes who said: “I think it’s a fantastic concept and it certainly has my very strong support.”