Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined volunteers on a night-time walkabout in Nottingham to view first-hand how local people are helping to cut crime.
The Nottingham Street Pastor Scheme, based at the Malt Cross in St James’s Street, provides advice, support and basic medical treatment to people in need late at night in Nottingham. Recently, Commissioner Tipping committed £10,000 from his Community Safety Partnership Fund towards its new estates project which aims to expand the work of the pastors into Sneinton/St Ann’s where volunteers will support people with financial worries and drug and alcohol problems.
The project currently provides teams of street pastor volunteers to estates in Bulwell and Sneinton/St Ann’s on a number of evenings every month (and one Saturday in Bulwell) but there are plans to expand the scheme further to incorporate more local estates as additional volunteers are recruited.
Volunteers, who are all local residents, are trained to deal with a range of issues including conflict resolution, drug and alcohol awareness, mental health, first aid, active listening, and domestic and sexual violence. They work alongside people of all ages and signpost people to the right help while also co-ordinating their work with police and paramedics.
The project, which is co-ordinated by a full-time Street Pastors Development Co-ordinator, aims to support 720 young people and 50 vulnerable people each year. Commissioner Tipping has agreed to contribute towards the cost of the service, which is just under £35k, alongside churches and other agencies.
Commissioner Tipping, who visited the volunteers’ in action in Sneinton, said: “This project is the best example of how local people can take control and responsibility of the safety of their communities. By delivering support and advice to the most vulnerable, Street Pastors are helping to instigate lifelong changes and deliver an increase sense of safety and security to their communities. They are a hugely valuable tool in our overall crime reduction goals and I’m incredibly thankful for their time and effort.”
Jo Cox-Brown, of the Malt Cross Trust, said: “The Malt Cross Trust and Nottingham Street Pastors were delighted to receive £10,000 from Paddy Tipping's Crime Commissioners Fund. It has enabled us to look at expanding our Street Pastors work using local volunteers into other areas, where we can work alongside the community to help people access support services for things such as domestic violence, alcohol and substance misuse, homelessness and debt. This in turn helps to reduce crime levels and anti-social behaviour.
“The funding has also enabled us to work with partners on developing courses on healthy eating and building healthy relationships to combat some of the emerging issues around food poverty and domestic abuse."
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Posted on Wednesday 15th January 2014