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Help Given to save Nottingham's Street Pastors

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NOTTINGHAM BID, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER PADDY TIPPING AND INTU PROPERTIES STEP IN TO HELP SAVE NOTTINGHAM’S STREET PASTORS

The Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, and intu, the owners of the Victoria and Broadmarsh shopping centres, have stepped in to safeguard the immediate future of the Street Pastors, who operate in Nottingham city centre, by agreeing to provide the necessary funding to ensure that they can keep their operations going in the immediate term.  The Street Pastors had been receiving grant funding from Comic Relief but this has now come to an end and they were in danger of folding.

The Nottingham BID already supports the Street Pastors as part of its activities to ensure a safer late night economy in the city centre and had plans to provide additional support to them, assuming that the BID secures a second term when it comes up for renewal this Summer.   

“Our members that operate in the night time economy really value the work of the Street Pastors and this is why we have decided to step in to help now by providing additional funding,” said Jeff Allen, chairman of the Nottingham BID.  “They help to look after vulnerable people who are enjoying a night out in the city centre, taking pressure off the police and the medical services who can devote their time and resources to more serious incidents.  Their activities save the emergency services a lot of money, too.”

Paddy Tipping said that the Street Pastors play a valuable role in helping to keep people safe.  “Nottingham’s nightlife has a great deal to offer and I want everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time.  However, sometimes things get a bit out of hand and the Street Pastors help to keep people out of trouble and reduce the possibility that they, or others, may come to harm, saving demand on other services such as the police.” 

“The Street Pastor team is delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottingham BID and Intu have provided five months of funding to keep the Street Pastor project going whilst we seek more sustainable funding solutions,” said Jo Cox- Brown, chief executive of the Malt Cross Trust. “We are overwhelmed by their generosity towards us and for their faith in our project.  It's so encouraging for our 100 volunteers to know that they are supported and appreciated by the community we serve. We want to say a big thank you to all who made this support happen.”

"Nottingham is a great place to come to shop and have an evening out in. The Street Pastors have been a valuable addition to the city centre to help ensure that everyone coming into the city enjoys their visit safely. Being at the heart of our community is really important to intu and it would be a real shame for this service to close. We hope our contribution will help to secure the Street Pastors’ future,” Adam Tamsett, general manager intu Broadmarsh.

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Notes to editors

  • The Nottingham BID was formed in January 2013 following the merger of the Retail and Leisure BIDs.  It is up for renewal in 2015.
  • The BID is not-for-profit and is privately funded by retailers and licensed premises that fall within the defined BID zone area and the amount paid is a percentage of their rateable value - currently 1.37% or 0.82% for charities and businesses in maintained centres.
  • With over 770 businesses including over 200 independents, the Nottingham BID is one of the largest BIDs in the country.
  • There is an optional scheme called Friends of the BID for businesses under the rateable value threshold or outside the BID Zone area.
  • There is also an affiliate scheme for businesses outside the BID Zone area whose rateable value is over the threshold and who chooses to be part of the BID.
  • ‘It’s in Nottingham’ is the public facing brand for the Nottingham BID and has a website, app and social media accounts dedicated to publicising the BID businesses and activities year round.

For further information contact the Nottingham BID’s PR consultants Gemini PR & Marketing.  Contacts Dianne Allen/Judi Coppel tel: 0115 852 3850/07966 495571

  • Background information to the Street Pastors
    • Street Pastors was set up by the Malt Cross Trust to help all people mainly young people aged 16 to 25 years olds who use the city to party and to support key emergency services when they were most stretched.  They have helped over 13,0000 people get home safely at the end of night out since 2010. 
    • There are over 100 volunteer Street Pastors from all sections of the community aged 18 to 78 years old, some with faith and some with none.  Their mission is to support, protect and care for young people and work alongside the Police, Ambulance service, council and other bodies to care for anyone they meet and reduce demand on core services at peak times. 
    • Street Pastors make an amazing difference to the local community and have directly been attributed to helping to reduce crime and keep people safe. During a month Street Pastors will support the Police and Ambulance services with over 70 incidents keeping people out of A&E, saving A&E approximately £140k per month in unnecessary first aid, and ensuring they have someone to care for them and listen to them when no other service apart from the emergency services are available. They give young people advice on alcohol, drugs, legal highs, domestic abuse, self harm or other life supporting services in the city, and offer immediate sometimes life saving care for the most vulnerable young people in the city. 
    • As a testimony to their hard and impartial work in the city they have won two Community Champion Awards from the High Sheriff and Nottingham City Council and a civic society award for improving the fabric of the city.  They have also been a finalist for 3 successive years in the Nottingham Business Awards and a finalist in the Independent and Guardian charity of the year awards.  In April 2015 they won a RICS Award for creating a building of Community Benefit.

 

For more information, please contact the Nottingham BID’s PR consultants, Gemini PR & Marketing: Dianne Allen dianneallen@geminiprmarketing.com / 0115 852 3850

Posted on Wednesday 13th May 2015
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