Spalding street pastors mark first anniversary

NIGHT SERVICE: Spalding Street Pastors outside The Lighthouse Church before their Friday night patrol.  Photo Chris Carter
NIGHT SERVICE: Spalding Street Pastors outside The Lighthouse Church before their Friday night patrol. Photo Chris Carter
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Spalding Street Pastors is one of the most visible, yet selfless, organisations in South Holland.

About 45 volunteers give up more than five hours once a week, overnight between Friday and Saturday, to provide a care, support and even first aid service to people on the streets of Spalding at night.

DEFENCE MINISTRY: John Hayes MP out on patrol with street pastor Chas Sandhu.  Photo supplied

DEFENCE MINISTRY: John Hayes MP out on patrol with street pastor Chas Sandhu. Photo supplied

The project celebrates its first anniversary this month, about four years since a previous attempt to introduce street and prayer pastors in Spalding was abandoned because of difficulties in putting a management structure in place.

Team co-ordinator Marion Sandhu said: “The night time economy of Spalding is enjoyed by large numbers of people who may become vulnerable after an excess consumption of alcohol.

“Spalding Street Pastors are an invaluable support to these people, mainly young people, by supporting, helping, listening and creating a calming influence, working in partnership with others who are part of the night time economy.

“Each shift, a team of volunteers will patrol the high-activity areas in Spalding town centre between 10pm and 4am, meeting and engaging with people.

“The response to the street pastors in Spalding has been very positive and our team of volunteers really enjoy the interaction, both with each other and with members of our community.”

For more details, call Marion on 01775 711591.