Well the first ever street safety patrol by NIGHT MINISTRY STREET ANGELS - ST ANDREWS, FIFE took place last night (Saturday 25th February 2017). Our team was out on the streets from 10.30pm to 3am.
At 10pm we booked on duty with Police Scotland ready for any calls for assistance. A briefing from Police officers as to what events were underway and off we went.
We had such a great first night engaging with many many students, police officers, pub and club security, university of St Andrews union security staff, restaurant/takeaway owners, shop keepers, bus drivers, taxi drivers and local residents. We gave out 250+ of our business cards. A large majority of those we spoke with, which including the police officers thought the scheme was a great idea and wished us well.
If we gauge how successful a patrol is by the amount of lollipops we gave out (210) and slippers (16) and sick bowls (4) bottled water (4) then we had a successful night.
Our fully trained team assisted a very drunk sickly girl by providing reassurance, water, tissues, sick bowl and contacting her friends to arrange her safe transportation home. A local police officer made comment that if we had not been there they would have been called to assist her taking them away from crime patrol duties.
Stats: Uplifted and disposed of 8 glass bottles and swept up broken glass. Handed out 16 pairs of slippers to young ladies who were walking barefoot. Stepped into calm volatile situations twice.
Engaged with a group of twenty plus local youth who were interested in what we were doing. Made some new friends (These lollipops break down barriers!).
Our team finished the night with a hot chocolate and pizza and set off home.
We all feel that the reception we received was very positive and look forward to serving in our community.
If YOU would like to become part of our STREET ANGELS project please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 07999872928. We hope you will decide to join us.