Saturday, 31 December 2011

CSP Report - 31st December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday 31st December 2011



Street Pastors in good spirits prior to starting their patrol


Outline
Expectations were high that this would be the busiest and most challenging night since we commenced our Saturday night patrols at the beginning of September.  As a result for the first time we put out three groups of Street Pastors from 10pm until 3am. Although it was a busy night, the atmosphere was generally friendly and free from serious aggression. Our conclusions reflecting back over the first 4 months of our operation are that our busiest and most challenging night was on Halloween


Statistical Information
            13 pairs of flip-flops supplied
            11 bottles of water supplied
            3 space blankets supplied
            66 bottles/glasses collected and made safe
            51 significant conversations

Narrative Information
There was a heavy police and ambulance presence out on the streets and it was clear that any disturbances were dealt with quickly before they had the chance to turn into serious fights. The fact that we were not called on to supply first aid was an indicator of the fact that these were being dealt with by the paramedics who were on duty. Our conversations with them indicated that they had been quite busy and they had concluded that the cost of putting on the Town Centre Triage service had been worthwhile because of the savings it had made for people being treated in the Casualty Department at the Royal Hospital. Evidence of good teamwork was provided when one of the paramedics requested a pair of flip-flops for a young woman with a foot injury.

We came across the usual assortment of drunken people on the streets and provided what assistance we could. In one case we came across a young woman who had collapsed on the pavement and was being assisted by two young men. We quickly established that the woman had no injuries and although drunk would be able to get home safely in a taxi. Discussions revealed that the men were complete strangers to the woman and had simply stopped to offer assistance. This scenario has been repeated on many occasions during the first four months of our operation and we are always careful to try to ensure that we do not expose people to the risk of people taking advantage of them whilst they are drunk. It is highly likely that the two men had been motivated by a genuine desire to assist, but as always we were careful and invited them to leave when the woman indicated that she did not need their assistance. We were able to assist her to a nearby taxi office where the management were extremely helpful and she was able to jump the queue for a taxi home. We do spend considerable time cultivating good relationships with the taxi proprietors and we have a good understanding with them.

We dealt with a young man who was sitting on the pavement, worse for wear. He already had a bottle of water and friends were supporting him while awaiting a taxi. Sadly the situation turned volatile when the friends had a disagreement in the adjacent takeaway and police had to keep them apart. The young man, though, recovered sufficiently to stand up and get involved in the argument!

Having been requested by the police to assist with a drunken female we discovered on our arrival that she had made a complaint that she had been assaulted earlier in the evening and arrangements were being made for her to be interviewed. She was showing signs of shock and looked very cold so we assistance by providing her with a space blanket.

We also bumped into one of our regulars who over the months has reported a life messed up by broken relationships, homelessness etc but on this occasion we were pleased to see that she was getting her life together and looking forward to a brighter 2012 than had been the case in the year about to end.

Walking through the Crooked Spire churchyard one of our teams came across a young women sitting on a wall alone. Initially it was difficult to get a conversation going with her and her body language (huddled, head down) suggested she was reluctant to be disturbed. However it was felt that she would not be safe to be left alone and after sitting near her and some tentative questioning from a female SP the girl divulged that she had some mental health issues and had simply walked out of the house and come into town alone. Attempts were made to persuade her to contact friends or family and after a while she found her mobile, dialled home and handed the phone to the SP to initiate contact. It turned out that her family had reported her missing and the police were in attendance at home. The police officer asked the SP to stay with the girl while they contacted the police in town, who arrived quickly and she went willingly to sit in their car and talk with them.

This situation was another example of how SPs can work hand-in-hand with other agencies and support families. It also served as a reminder that there can be more to a scenario than meets the eye - the SP's initial assumption was that the girl had been partying and become separated from friends, as is often the case, but instead there were deeper issues that took a little time to begin to understand.

We only see snippets of these life stories but God knows all the issues intimately and it is good to know we can keep talking to Him about these people after the event.

We were surprised by the lack of exuberant celebration on the streets at midnight which used to be the case prior to extensive late night premises and by the fact that New Years Eve was actually quieter than was the case on Halloween.

At 3am we concluded that the late night revellers still in the town would be there until 6am or after, so we decided to go home and reflect on our experiences since setting up Street Pastors

Conclusions
We have enjoyed being part of the Late Night Economy Community since September. We always have a sense of teamwork and our presence on the streets is view very positively. We look forward to new developments in 2012. Happy New Year!

Friday, 30 December 2011

CSP Report 30th December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Friday 30th December 2011

Outline
On this the third and final Friday night patrol initiated for the Christmas and New Year period, one group of 4 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 1.45am. They were supported by 5 Prayer Pastors at the base.

We were surprised that despite the expectations of increased demand, it was extremely quiet on the streets of the Late Night Entertainment area of Chesterfield.

Statistical Information
12 bottles collected and made safe
84 significant conversations

Narrative Information
There were fewer people out on Friday than any of us had ever seen (or not!) and to say it was quiet was an understatement. Probably a combination of people partying before Christmas and having no money, preparing to go out on Saturday, or put off as they feared the bad weather earlier in the day would continue. There were however a few small groups who were more mature and had 'been allowed out' and chosen to go out on the Friday as they knew it would be quieter, who were clearly having a really good time. The tone of the evening was that people who were out were good natured and determined to enjoy themselves and most people didn’t look as though they had been drinking heavily (with a few exceptions).

The circumstances meant that we had more time to talk to people and we had far more lengthy and significant conversations than would have been possible on a normal Saturday night.. It was good to have really had an opportunity to talk to lots of the door staff who are normally too busy to chat for more than a couple of minutes. We even managed to have a dance with some people. Every bar and club said they had hardly anyone in, many closed quite a few hours earlier than normal. We helped one young man who was sick, but he recovered very well and met us eating a take-away half an hour later.

We had no calls for assistance.

The Street Pastors finished at 01.45 as there were hardly any people out and about on the street by then. People had either gone into the few clubs that were open or gone home.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

CSP Report 24th December

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday  24th December 2011

Outline Information
Two groups of four patrolled from 10 pm until 3 am with George (trained but not commissioned)  joining Team One to observe.

We were supported by three Prayer Pastors. It was a very quiet night, mainly young people out, and with a party atmosphere on the whole, a few scuffles later on with males trying to escort mates who were worse for wear out of town. Once again there was little aggression and most people were enjoying themselves in small groups. The response to what we were about was positive and warm on the whole.

As it was quiet we used the time, particularly when we first went out, to chat with uniform and staff in fast food outlets. The taxi drivers who were unusually quiet were also pleased to talk. We began to appreciate their long and unsocial hours with the resulting effect on their family life, particularly at Christmas time for those with young children.

Statistical Information
2 pairs of flip-flops given out
3 bottles of water given out
32 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
1 space blanket provided
1 first aid call
15 significant conversations

Narrative information.
We left base after prayer and preparation in high spirits and suitably lit up and festive! As we arrived in the market place we saw two youths blocking off that end of the market, outside the London Camera Centre with the market stall trestles that were stacked up there. We shouted to them asking what they thought they were doing, at which time they ran off. We re-stacked the trestles while they watched from a distance, then they disappeared up through  the nearby alley.

At the briefing, staff remarked that in all probability, it would be a quiet night with early doors. Which turned out to be the case. SIN was closed and the Courtyard closed unusually early. We spent most of the shift in Corporation Street, with regular walks through the Churchyard and around the back, near the Derbyshire Times where there are normally plenty of bottles and recently several broken ones.

We had some interesting conversations with young males who in a couple of instances wanted to talk religion. We told them we were not out to give them sermons but instead we got them ourselves. At the end of one of these, the young man in question, on finding out that Ian and Yvonne were married, insisted on a “family hug!”. We were also treated to several enlightening talks about evolution and Darwin by two very eloquent young men and it was good to have the time to listen.

We had several conversations with young people who talked of the difficulties of having to decide which parent to spend Christmas Day with when the family was split, and the feeling of being torn between the two.
We responded to two calls, one from CCTV, the other from uniform. The first, to team 2, asked us to  go to a girl who had fallen in the road outside Isis Noir. When we got there she had been helped to her feet and was being supported by two young men. The two female team members asked if these males were with her. They said no but they were just looking after her while she tried to ring her mates who were still inside the venue. She told us she was fine, and didn’t need us. One of the males whispered, “she isn’t fine can you stick around?” She was clearly very emotional as well as drunk, so we said we would stay and the good Samaritans went on their way. Eventually, with the help of a passing police officer, we contacted her Dad by phone. He arrived after 30 minutes or so to collect her. During the waiting time she told us she was upset after recently losing her Grandad and had lost her sister and mates somewhere in town, and had been asked to leave Isis Noir, when she became aggressive.

The call from uniform to team 1 resulted in their helping a young lady to the triage area where she was found to have broken her arm in a fall.

A situation was calmed in the churchyard by team 2 when we saw two females arguing. On approaching them we realized that one of them was known to us as being homeless, and we had talked to her on several occasions. The other was also familiar and she reminded one of the team that we she given her flip flops the week before.  She gave her a hug saying she loved the “street angels”. We persuaded them both to go on their way as the high tension was clearly broken. We watched from the distance and saw them shake hands then walk off in opposite directions!

There was a serious incident at Back to the Nineties, in the early hours. Several police officers attended and we later talked to the Paramedic who treated a male who was taken to hospital in   a serious condition.
A couple of mopping up and wet wipe incidents for both teams, in each case managing to get the young person into a taxi or re united with mates.

Both teams had a break around 11.30 pm, to enable us to share communion together at Central Methodist Church followed by a hot drink. The prayer Pastors also joined us there.

Conclusion
A warmer, less festive night than last week with fewer large groups, resulting in a very different atmosphere. Excellent teamwork and a productive night. After a final walk though the churchyard and up and down Corporation Street where most of the clubs had closed, we walked back to base around 3am to debrief and pray together, tired but in good spirits!

Friday, 23 December 2011

CSP Report - 23rd December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors Report
Friday 23rd December 2011

Outline
This was the second of three planned Friday night patrols and it was anticipated that we would be rushed off our feet on a night which has traditionally been known as “Black Friday”.  In the event it was a quiet night with little evidence of the expected problems on the street.

Two teams of 3 Street Pastors patrolled between 10pm and 2am.

Statistical Information
            6 pairs of flip flops were provided
            55 bottles/glasses were collected and made safe
            1 bottle of water was supplied
            24 significant conversations took place
            1 person was prayed with (see later)

Narrative Information
Based upon what we had been led to believe would be the case by various people in the Night Time Economy area including licensees, door staff, police and taxi proprietors we were expecting to be hard pressed to deal with the demand upon our resources, but we did not have a single call from control and there were fewer people on the streets and in the clubs than is the case on a busy Saturday. This might have been partially due to the increased police and ambulance service presence on the streets.

Generally those we spoke to were of the opinion that there is an acute shortage of money and this is materially affecting the footfall in the Late Time Economy Area.

We did come across the usual collection of drunken people. It is worth considering that most of them were brought to our notice by door staff and others who we meet on a regular basis. The fact that they look to us to deal with such people is an indicator of the general awareness of what we do and the fact that they do have a concern that those who seem incapable of looking after themselves are provided with some support.

For example; the door staff at one club reported that a man had passed by the door of their premises and he was almost on all fours. We searched for this man in the direction they had indicated and eventually came across him. He was at this time standing in a door way near the rear of Marks and Spencer’s. We managed to have some conversation with him and decided that he was not in any immediate danger. During the next hour or so we came across him on a number of occasions and each time he was a little more in control of his movements than previously, providing evidence that our decision not to intervene had been appropriate.

The licensing staff from Chesterfield Borough Council also reported to one of our teams the fact that a man was flat out on a grass bank near the court building. We duly found the man as described and initially we were unable to get any reaction from him. He was lying on the grass with his expensive mobile phone at the side of his face as if he had been trying to contact someone. It was a cold night and we were concerned about the vulnerability of the man; at least he was likely to be relieved of his valuable possessions and at worst he could die from hypothermia. A call was made for assistance and at about the time the call was made we managed to wake him, whereupon he delivered to us a load of verbal abuse. When the police response vehicle arrived he had what might be regarded as a miraculous recovery and got up and ran away albeit in a non-too straight line – we accept no responsibility for the miracle!

One team was approached by a man who immediately asked the team to pray for him. He explained that he was expecting to become a father soon and he wanted to make a fresh start. The team prayed with him and suggested he contact a church and explain what had happened. This man was very persistent in requesting to be prayed for there and then in spite of the fact that his friend was encouraging him to resume their merry making.

Both teams received numerous expressions of thanks for the work that Street Pastors undertake week by week. Hugs and handshakes are a regular feature of our patrols. A number of the people we met had read the recent article in the Derbyshire Times and commented on it.

It was a cold and windy night and given the small number of people still on the streets at 2am we decided to conclude our patrols.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

CSP Report - 17th December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors 
Report for Saturday 17th December 2011

Outline Information
Two groups of three patrolled from 10pm until 3.45am supported by three Prayer Pastors .We had a good productive night we felt, with a party atmosphere, with little real aggression as far as we were concerned. We were able to help with several situations with good outcomes and had some positive conversations and positive feedback about our work. Staff in the fast food outlets, taxi offices and the door staff were all pleased to see us and chat when things were not too hectic.

Statistical Information
4 pairs of flip-flops given out
5 bottles of water given out
65 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
1 space blanket provided
1 first aid call
50 significant conversations

Narrative Information
Although there was a large number of people out on the street, the large majority were friendly, jolly and well behaved. There were a couple of skirmishes in the second half of the night, which were dealt with promptly by uniform nearby. There was quite a large uniform presence as well as the triage area for first aid. The atmosphere was festive with some interesting looking elves, pixies, a banana man, various Santas ( Mr’s and Mrs’ )and one strange character: duck like but, unsure just who he was supposed to be! ( nor were we!)

We dealt with several people, mostly young men, who were worse for wear, cleaning them up, giving water and making sure they had someone to see them home safely. We had several calls from cctv, asking for assistance. Team two waited with one 19 year old who was very drunk, giving him the usual treatment to make him more comfortable and contacting his parents who eventually arrived from  Alfreton to take him home. They were very grateful for our care for their son. Several similar calls came to us throughout the shift to both teams, some of which were resolved quickly when mates arrived to take over from us.

CCTV called us to a lad being ill outside Manzil restaurant, ticket tout was talking to him when we arrived and after a short period of trying to get him a cab his mates took over.

A Woman  whom we had met on the streets after training was given a warm pasty in Greggs as she was hungry.

Escorted a drunk female and friend to Donut car park to await family lift. Door staff at The Courtyard invited them into a warmer environment until the lift arrived.

Middle-aged woman had asthmatic attack in Club next to The Beach, uniform provided inhaler after informing CCTV we weren’t allowed to give medicine. Paul our St John Ambulance volunteer attended. We then escorted her and female friend to A-Line taxis where staff helped her into a cab.

Paul asked by friend on the street if he could rid her of moles with his ferret! Perhaps a little sideline?
Escorted elderly couple to taxi rank. Looked after people exiting the Winding Wheel and had conversations on what we were doing whilst they waited for lifts. Young lady helped into a cab after altercation with Cab Rank Manager. Cleared a quantity of dropped food from doorway of takeaway which was becoming lethal.
Two occasions escorted single women from churchyard who had got split from friends, men volunteer to look after them but refused as the women didn’t know them.

Witnessed three guys sniffing substance in alley way, no uniform present so had to leave reporting till later.
Observed couple having an aggressive altercation down alley, waited until we realised it was safe to leave them.

Conclusion

We met back at base to de brief and pray, for those we had met, those still out in the town, and not least the hard working but cheerful professionals still working. Although it had been a bitterly cold night (-3C recorded on smart phone  at one point) we felt that once again we were blessed to be in this role and returned home cold, but happy!

Friday, 16 December 2011

CSP Report - 16th December 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors Report
Friday 16th December 2011

Outline
This was a first for Chesterfield Street Pastors; a Friday night patrol being the first of three to reflect the expected increased numbers of revellers celebrating the Christmas season.  Four Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 2.45am, with one Prayer Pastor supporting them at the base. There was a heavy police presence along with teams of ambulance personnel providing a Town Centre Triage service.

Statistical Information
                4 pairs of flip-flops issued
                6 bottles of water supplied
                3 incidents of minor first aid provided
                14 glasses and bottles recovered and made safe
                16 significant conversations
                1 situation calmed (partially at least)
               
Narrative Information
The statistical information indicates a quieter night than would be the norm for a Saturday night and overall that was true. However, there were lots of people on the streets, particularly between 10pm and 1am and the heavy police presence did have a positive impact on the behaviour of people. We felt that the situation could have been much more problematic but for the early police interventions observed by the team.

We are now well tuned to spot people who are vulnerable, as indicated in the case of a young woman we discovered, who although under the influence of alcohol, was still capable of standing and holding a conversation. She was not feeling well and admitted to being vulnerable because she had become detached from her friends. We supplied her with a bottle of water and waited with her whilst she successfully contacted her friends on her mobile telephone and arranged for them to meet up with her.  The water had a very positive impact and having assured her that we would come back and check that she was OK within the next 15 minutes so she must not move unless reunited with her friends we continued our patrol. On our return she had obviously met up with her friends and presumably resumed her night out.


Having been on the streets on Saturday nights for more than 3 months now, we often have people initiating conversations with us very directly about our Christian faith. One man coming out the Envy Night Club when he saw us immediately said “Street Pastors I’m glad I have seen you answer me this question “If God made the world, who made God?”


We had a long discussion in which some of his assumptions about Christians were found to be false on the basis of the combined experiences of the team. The assumptions included “Christians are mainly middle class and nothing bad happens to them”, “Poor people in Ethiopia would not as readily believe in God” (He was surprised to discover that one of the team members had lived in Ethiopia and could confirm that most of the poor people there had a strong belief in God).  It should be stressed that this conversation was entirely led by the man, we simply responded to his questions and statements. We recognise that we are not on the streets to preach, but we would be failing in our responsibility if we did not answer to the best of our ability genuine questions addressed to us.


We did clean up the occasional sick person, but there were nowhere near the normal numbers of seriously drunken people on the streets as indicated by the complete lack of calls from CCTV and other agencies.
The lack of calls for our service meant that we had time available to talk to the door security staff, taxi proprietors and fast food purveyors, who by now know us all very well and often enquire about other members of our team.

We were present in Holywell Street when a serious fight broke out between two young men. We called the police via the radio and one member of the team decided to intervene when there was a risk of serious injury because the men were fighting in the middle of the busy road and at one stage, one was kicking the other as he lay on the ground. We would not normally intervene in a fight, but in this case the risk of serious injury to those involved forced us to attempt to prevent the worst outcomes from occurring. The intervention was not entirely successful; they would part at the request to stop fighting but then resume fighting. Fortunately the police response was speedy and successful.

This was a quiet night with the special arrangements working well. From what we were told by the door security staff next Friday will be “mad Friday”, so we regarded this night as gentle preparation for the real thing! The Town Centre Late Night Economy team were impressive and we were happy to be a part of it.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Christmas Carols - 18 December 2011
Christmas Sing-Along Festivity for all the family!

Family Friendly Christmas Festivity,
this Sunday 18th December at 5:30pm at
St Patrick's Church Hall, High Street,
New Whittingon, S43 2DX.

Free entry including Mulled Wine
and Mince Pies courtesy of
Gateway Christian Fellowship
For more information contact 01246 210680 or see:
www.facebook.com/events/193994030692409/

Monday, 12 December 2011

CHRISTMAS PUPPETS EXTRAVAGANZA

Christmas Puppets Extravaganza
17th December 2011, 4pm at Walton Evangelical Church


A fun show for all the family, come and see the puppets explain the Christmas story.

Puppets, nativity, carols, mince pies and refreshments ... what more could you ask for?!

Entry is free all are welcome.

For more information see:
www.facebook.com/events/242234322509415

Sunday, 11 December 2011

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Christmas Concert - 19th December 2011
Starting 7:30pm at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

You are warmly invited to join us for an evening of music and fun celebrating the good news of Christmas.

A blend of musical styles from local talent: Gaz Simmonds, Hannah Howe, Katie Roe, Abbeydale Choir and the New Life Worship Group.

Tickets £2 at door - includes hot drinks and mince pies.
For more information contact Dave Bunting by calling 01246 200768, or email new_life_church@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday, 10 December 2011

CSP REPORT - 10 DECEMBER 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday 10th December 2011


Outline
Two teams each of 3 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm until 3am, supported by a team of 4 Prayer Pastors at the operational base. One of the teams was accompanied by an observer (post graduate student from Sheffield University undertaking research as part of his project) for the first hour of our patrol.

It was a busy night with lots of people on the streets and an abundance of revellers wearing Santa outfits. The average age of the folk on the streets appeared to be a little older than the usual Night Time Economy clients, perhaps reflecting Works and other Christmas outings.
Statistical Information
  • 11 Pairs of flip-flops issued
  • 5 Bottles of water issued
  • 3 Occasions when basic first aid was provided
  • 3 Calls from cctv (flip-flops required, drunk person requiring assistance, injured person requiring first aid
  • 44 Bottles/glasses collected and made safe
  • 2 Requests for prayer
  • 19 Significant conversations
Narrative Information
Both teams were subjected to aggressive comments from a small number of people, including language which we do not intend to quote in this report. Conversely both teams received numerous unsolicited positive comments on the nature of the service provided.  These included favourable comparisons with places where Street Pastors were not currently operating.
The first half of the shift was spent in the usual manner, chatting to people and making our presence known to doormen and women, other night economy staff and the public. We were called to assist a mature woman who had collapsed outside a bar. Her family who were with her said that she had never reacted to alcohol in this manner before and were clearly very concerned for her safety. She was very sick and unable to walk. We assisted in the usual way by cleaning her up, carrying her to a safer place and providing water and space blanket. When we returned to the bench 45 minutes later her family had clearly secured some means of transport home.
We had a very meaningful conversation with 2 sisters who had been thrown out of one the clubs for disruptive behaviour. It transpired that one of them was expected to go to prison this week (we didn’t ask why) .She said that she would like to be forgiven for all her past life and was interested in Christianity. Her and her sister had a lot of family upheaval due to complex family relationship breakdowns. Both of them, though very drunk, were clearly searching for a new start. We prayed with them at their request. We suggested that if she did go to prison it may be possible to make contact with prison chaplain.

We were called to offer first aid to a sober lady who had fallen in one of the clubs and lacerated the back of her head.
There was more evidence of aggression on the streets than we would normally experience with patrols coming across fights taking place on a number of occasions.

We always make a point of regularly patrolling through the church yard of the Crooked Spire. The lighting there is not very bright and we always sense that a single person passing through in a drunken state may be quite vulnerable.  One such patrol revealed a man being sick down the wall of the church and although he claimed to be an atheist he made a point of apologising to God! It is also frequently used as a public toilet which we find sad.
During the early hours the police apparently received a report of an attempted rape which had taken place in the churchyard and in respect of which a suspect was arrested. After that event and not associated with it at approximately 2.45am one of the teams was  walking through the graveyard and noticed a girl who they suspected was being taken advantage of in her drunken state by a man. When she saw them, she immediately asked to be accompanied to the large car park to meet her friends with whom she was returning to Mansfield by taxi. The guy who was left in the graveyard was clearly unhappy, but we felt that we had arrived just at the right time!

We encountered the usual collection of drunken people, providing basic first aid, cleaning them up and making sure that they would get home safely. There remain however occasions where it is impossible to satisfy some people’s needs. For example: one team attended at the request of CCTV a woman who was very drunk. She was accompanied by a number of friends one of whom was the non-drinking driver for the group, so she had the means to be taken home safely. Our attempts to assist her met the same reaction she had made to a police officer. Kicking out at the person trying to help and swearing aggressively and repeatedly and we eventually concluded that the wisest course of action was leaving them to their own devices.
All in all it was a busy night with a degree of aggression in excess of the usual Saturday night, but with many causes for encouragement. It will be interesting to see what it is like in the Late Night Entertainment Area on a Friday night when we provide additional patrols for the Christmas and New Year period commencing the coming Friday.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

VIDA SALSA CHRISTMAS PARTY

VIDA - Salsa Christmas Party
Friday, 9 December 2011 at theCompass, West Bars

Hi everyone! To kick start your Christmas for 2011 come and join the fun and friendly dances with Richard, Talita and the gang!

It’s going to be an occasion to dress to impress so get your festive outfits ready!

For more information see: www.facebook.com/events/230079693725499/

Saturday, 3 December 2011

CELEBRATION EVENING

Celebration Evening - 6 December 2011

An evening of worship and word with Walton Youth and guest speaker Roger Wright.

19:00 to 20:30 at Walton Evangelical Church
All are welcome - age 13-20ish!

For more information see:
www.facebook.com/events/184840474940481/

Friday, 2 December 2011

GAUGE YOUR BEHAVIOUR

Derbyshire Times - 2 December 2011

DRINKERS will be urged to ‘gauge their behaviour’ while out celebrating Christmas and New Year.

Derbyshire County Council is working in partnership with Derbyshire police, Crimestoppers and community safety partnerships on the new ‘Gauge your behaviour’ campaign.

It will focus on reducing alcohol-related violent crime, other alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour by encouraging drinkers to consider how their behaviour changes when they drink to excess.

The campaign, funded by the county council and police, will target town centres with a high visibility around licensed premises with messages on bar staff T-shirts, bus adverts, posters and local radio.

Campaign material features a gauge which points from ‘sober’ to ‘tipsy’, ‘violent’ and ‘victim’ and asks the question: “Where will drinking put you?”. It also includes the Crimestoppers number for people to report alcohol-related incidents.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for Public Health Cllr Carol Hart said: “We want everyone to have a great time when they’re out and about in our town centres this Christmas and New Year but excessive drinking by some can spoil it for others.

“This campaign will encourage people to think about their behaviour and be aware of how many drinks are enough for them and by working with the police and other partner organisations we aim to tackle all kinds of alcohol-related crime.”

‘Gauge Your Behaviour’ will run in Chesterfield every Friday and Saturday night through December.

Multi-agency teams will be out talking to people about how to stay safe while having a good night out and encouraging them to report any information about alcohol-related violence to Crimestoppers. This will be supported by police officers, community support officers and specials as well as staff from other partner agencies and Street Pastors. The campaign will also be running in Belper, Buxton, Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Swadlincote.

Police lead for alcohol-related crime Supt Gary Parkin said: “This is a real partnership effort. Licensed premises are key to ensuring the high visibility of this campaign and we’re particularly pleased with the response we’ve got from licensees will play an important part in helping us deliver it.

“The vast majority of licensed premises are well run and responsible and the support from the various PubWatch schemes across the county has been great. They want to work with us to ensure everyone has a safe night out”.

Chair of the Derbyshire Crimestoppers Board Ashok Kalia added: “The main aim of this campaign is to stop alcohol-related violence happening in the first place, but if it does occur we want to make sure that the offenders are brought to justice.

“Crimestoppers offers an anonymous route which anyone not wishing to report information directly to the police can use.”

Saturday, 19 November 2011

CSP Report - 19th November 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors Report
Saturday 19th November 2011

2 groups of 3 patrolled from 10pm to 3.10 am
3 prayer pastors remained at base for most parts of the shift.

Statistical information
3 pairs of flip-flops were given out
5 bottles of water issued
56 Bottles picked up and made safe.
2 Space blankets provided.
No significant conversations (though what is significant can be quite debateable!)
No calls or requests for help from the cctv or police were had throughout the night.

As is evident from the statisitics above, a fairly quite night was experienced for both teams.

Team one spent the best part of the first shift helping 2 very drunk females find friends and family to assist them home. One was heard to say that she really was'nt that drunk but that she thought we had the "saitience of a paint". (bless her!!)

Team 2 prevented a young man from being run over by a taxi by grabbing him from its path!

Both teams had conversations with regular clients that we meet each week and who are clearly getting to know us.

The second half of the night also remained quiet (as was confirmed by some of the door-men/women and food vendors.)

Team one happened upon a very drunk young lady who was being helped by a unknown member of the public. After vomitting copiously she virtually lost consciousness and the police took the initiative to call for an ambulance. They also had dealings with a very drunk man who appeared to be under the influence of ? some other substance but his friend was heard to say that he was "always like that" and he would ensure that he got home safely.

No fights were witnessed and as a concequence there was no need for any first aid to be given. The mood of the evening was good, the teams worked well together and an enjoyable time was shared.

Team 2 had a request from a christian who would like to explore becoming a Street Pastor.

By 3am the night was pretty cold and foggy and we collectively decided to return to base.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

RISE AT THE COMPASS

RISE at theCompass - 26 November 2011

This month @ RISE we launching Rise Does Church where we will be doing a bit of worship, a bit of a discussion and then just relax and get to know a few new people. Were doing this at the Compass in Chesterfield on Sat 26th Nov at 7:30pm; there will be drinks available, a DJ and it's Free entry so bring your friends and have a great night.

For more information see:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/221582474582360/

Saturday, 5 November 2011

CSP Report - 5th November 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
 Saturday 5th November 2011

Statistical Information
One team of 5 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 3am
5 Pairs of flip flops issued
5 bottles of water supplied
1 call from CCTV responded to
2 call from police responded to
16 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
2 requests for prayer
1 space blanket issued
56 significant conversations

Narrative Information
It appeared to be a quieter night in Chesterfield (possibly due to it being Nov 5th) fewer people out than we have experienced in previous weeks.  This might be why we had more conversations and got to know some characters better throughout the night,  we found we had a little more time than we have had in previous weeks.

We also experienced many people calling us over to chat and many more positive comments about our role, also some thankful comments from individuals that Street Pastors had helped on previous Saturday nights  calls from CCTV/police.

Two calls from the police, one from CCTV/door staff, the call from the police may have been the same person as when we responded to the first call the female who they felt required assistance had been supported to leave the area by a male friend.

The second time, police called for our assistance was to a young lady who appeared to be unable to stand unsupported, she looked very drunk/sick and wasn’t responding much when asked her name etc. Police informed us that an ambulance had already been called; we wrapped her in a space blanket and assisted to keep her air ways clear after a couple bouts of vomiting. We  waited with her until the ambulance arrived, she came round a couple of times and asked for her phone and asked for us to call her mum, a street pastor spoke to her mother and dad on the phone and reassured them that she was being looked after and the ambulance was on its way, they said they would come and pick her up, when the ambulance arrived the medical staff decided it was in her best interest to be taken to hospital.

On such occasions it is sometimes difficult to know if the person has possibly taken some other substance or just really drunk, we all felt that each situation would need to be assessed and decided as a group what would be the best cause of action, i.e. ambulance if we suspect drug use or call someone to take them home if they are just very drunk, we would always make sure that the person incapable was with another adult able to assist, and keep them safe i.e. parent/ friend/ family member.

The call from CCTV was to a lady again who appeared to have had too much to drink, although she was on the floor she was able to stand after a short while, we gave her some water and helped clean herself up after being sick, we called her husband on the phone who said he was at home with  small children, he was not able to come and collect her but asked if we would put her in a taxi and he would wait for her at home and pay the taxi, the young lady was able to walk to the taxi eventually and give her address.

Other incidents
One young man approached us visibly upset, he had been involved in an argument with a mate and worried he may come after him, we asked if he wanted to report this to the police but he didn’t he just wanted to stay and chat to us until he calmed down and he would walk back home, we gave him some water chatted to him for a while and suggested he get a taxi rather than walk around town to get home unless he met up with his mates again, he took the advice and jumped in a taxi.

Request for prayer
We had two requests for prayer, one person upset as they had just found out that a parent had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, another asking to pray for her husband who has been stationed in Afghanistan, we chatted for a while and gave support discreetly, hopefully without drawing much attention.

Food and taxi outlets  
We called on the staff in the taxi offices / fast food outlets or waved at people we had spoken to over the weeks who were busy with customers.

Conclusions 
We felt that we had been of practical help and support and pleased we are now being asked for help by the CCTV/ Police and being approached by the public for help,  We continued to be impressed by the way all the agencies worked together for the common good and pleased to be a part of that team.   

Saturday, 29 October 2011

CSP Report - 29th October 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday29th October 201
 
Statistical Information

One Team (of 4 Street pastors and an Observer with John Accompanying him) patrolled from 10pm(summer time) to 4am(standard time)
10 pairs of Flip Flops given out.
8 bottles of water given out.
61 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe.
8 first aid dealt with - of which 4 were taken to A & E by ambulance
4 Situation calmed down.
5 Space blankets issued.
66 significant conversations.
3 responses to call from CCTV
1 responses to call from police

Narrative Information
The combination of pay-day and Halloween night made for a very busy night with the town centre packed with reveller in fancy costume. From very early on we found an unusual large amount of discarded bottles, but the first half of the night was good natured with a good atmosphere. However, just before returning to HQ for our cuppa we had our first call from CCTV. From there on it got busy and we could have done with two teams out that night.

It was very helpful having Paul Hartshorn with us as he is a member of the St.Johns ambulance and his extra knowledge and experience helped in a number of instances where other wise we would not have been able to help as much. Some of these occurred when we came across an incident that the police were already attending to and waiting for an ambulance. Paul was able to begin giving first aid and from his experience assess the injuries while awaiting the arrival of the ambulance.

It was while attending to a man who had been glassed in the face, we were called to go to the bottom end of Corporation Street to attend to a young lady on a bench. I decided we would have to split up, leaving Paul and another member of the team, I took a female Street Pastor with me and we went to investigate. On the way, we were requested to go to another incident at the Department Night club. However, we had to tell them that would have to wait (fortunately that was sorted without us).  The young lady in question was very drunk (possible spaced out on something other than Drink). She was incoherent and we were unable to get any useful info from her. She was in a very vulnerable state but door and bar staff were keeping and eye out for her while they waited for use to arrive.

The main problem was getting contact info from her. Her phone was locked and I was on the verge of calling for ambulance, as she was very incoherent, when 2 constables arrived and I asked for their help. They looked in her purse and where able to find her parents phone number. After contacting them they came and collected her. We were very pleased to have got her to safety. It was another example of how we were able to wait for the parents so the police could get on with their work.

On a couple of occasions we had the help of the police in getting  people who were too drunk to say much in a meaningful way and actual get info out of them, and were able to get them home or meet up with friends. It is good to be working as apart of the Night time economy team and we are feeling more apart of that team.

First aid incidents included 2 head injuries one gash to the face, one who had passed out and one swollen ankle. Others were people who were worse for wear from drink.

The Last incident involved finding a young man unconscious in a door way after assessing him, I called 999 and asked for an ambulance. It was the same team that had attended the other incidents and on arriving and finding us there said 'not you again!' - Again, they are getting use to us and it's good to have a bit of banter with them.

On a lighter note, we had to have are pictures taken with a group of young men in witches outfits! A rather surreal moment. We did have plenty of positive feed back from punter who seem to beginning to understand of what we are about.

We met up wit a man who had previously been a church member but had lost contact with. After talking with him team members prayer with him which he very much appreciated. Are hope that this may be a step towards him reconnecting with the church. There were also a couple of occasion of just being someone to talk to and even a shoulder to cry on.

Conclusion
Overall a night were we felt we really had made a difference to some of the individuals we had ministered to. It was very busy and I think we need to think about festival and special times of the year to make sure we have enough teams for those nights: Hopefully we can recruit more volunteers. Certainly we had one door staff complaining we were not there when she had people needing flip flops but we were no where to be seen. Unfortunately we cannot be in two places at once and when you have something like the young woman on the bench, we could not have left until we knew she was safe. This is were a second team comes in; even if they don't have much to do, they are free to move around and do the other stuff ( hand out flip flops etc).

Saturday, 22 October 2011

RELAUNCH OF RISE

Relaunch of RISE - 29 October 2011

This weekend on Saturday the 29th we are relaunching Rise at the Compass Bar, doors will be open from 7.30pm and entry will be £1.50 (so we can restock the bar and provide entertainment for the night).

There will be a DJ and cheap drinks and you will find out what's coming up in the future, so come along, bring some friends and have a great night.

For more information see:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/264704010231887/

Saturday, 8 October 2011

CSP Report - 8th October 2011


Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for Saturday 8th October 2011

Outline Information
One group of four patrolled from 10pm until 3.45am supported by up to 6 Prayer Pastors (some for shorter periods and others for longer periods). The first half of the night was extremely quiet and the second half extremely busy.

Statistical Information
14 pairs of flip-flops given out
10 bottles of water given out
8 occasions when first aid was provided
47 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
4 space blankets provided
41 significant conversations
5 calls for assistance from cctv (requests for supply of flip-flops and to deal with persons incapable of looking after themselves)
2 requests from police to deal with persons incapable of looking after themselves - one being described as doing the worst example of a pole dance (around a street lamp) ever observed! Sadly we did not arrive in time to observe the performance!

Narrative Information
This was the night of two-halves. Although there were many people out on the street in the early evening they were all friendly and well behaved. Having identified that significant numbers of people were attending both theatres we made a point of talking to customers has they left the premises, providing a reassuring presence for them. This was appreciated with positive comments being offered and links made with the Derbyshire Times report.

There was a very heavy shower of rain just before midnight which cleared the streets for a while and caused us to take our break early. Our break concluded when we were called to Corporation Street to deal with a very drunk female and from then through to 3.30am we were almost continually engaged dealing with a succession of drunken females.

With just one female member of our team she took the major role in providing support to the ladies we assisted and the three men were extremely appreciative of her efforts.

Each incident followed a similar pattern. We found the person flat out on the pavement and quite incapable of standing up. In three cases friends were with the person assisted, but on one occasion (more to follow later) the lady was unaccompanied and initially we could not get her to talk because of her drunken state.

The pattern we follow is to try to get the person as comfortable as possible and to make an initial assessment about their physical well being. This is done in conjunction with whoever is accompanying them and the aim is to decide whether the person needs medical attention and the extent to which with support from their friends we will be able to get them home without too much delay. The alternative is to call for an ambulance which is costly to the State and generally not necessary.

Typically we clean up the person and render immediate first aid. On this night we used space blankets partly for the sake of warmth and partly for the sake of modesty to cover the ladies and we also used our own coats for additional warmth

In two cases along with friends we were able to get the drunken person to a taxi and in the other two cases they were collected by family or friends. Whilst this sounds relatively easy when reading a report such as this, in practice it presents quite a challenge. One lady probably weighed about 16 stone and getting her up off the ground and accompanying her to a taxi required considerable effort on our part.

Whilst undertaking these tasks we had numerous comments about the amazing work being undertaken by Street Pastors. This may be summed up in the comments of one passerby who had stopped to render assistance “It’s OK to leave her now she will be looked after well by the Street Pastors”

Our biggest problem on this night was in relation to a young woman who was unaccompanied and who was so drunk that initially we could not establish who she was and where we might contact any friends. After a while she did supply her name and tell us that she had left her friends in the Association. Our request for the door steward to arrange an announcement to be made for her friends to come to her assistance was met with the statement “It’s her fault she’s drunk and it’s not my job to get her help”. With suitable advice from the Street Pastor Coordinator and reference to the law with regard to a licensee’s responsibility for the conduct of his/her customers the situation improved and assistance was offered, but about the same time the friends were located without any announcement having to be made.

We did have some unexpected conversations, one lady telling us that her husband communicates with the dead and another explaining that she had a tattoo of Jesus displayed on her leg. In the main however, people were commending us for our work and offering their appreciation for what we do.

Summary
We continue to learn about our role as Street Pastors. We felt ourselves to be very much a part of a bigger team and that the other agencies appreciated our assistance. When we signed off just before 4am the officer in the control room indicated that our help had been very much appreciated. We have the advantage of being able to spend time with people ensuring that they are protected in their vulnerable state and that they get home safely, a service which with the best will in the world the other agencies are unable to provide.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

CSP REPORT - 24 SEPTEMBER 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Report for 24th September 2011
 

Statistical Information
Two Teams (of 3 and 4 Street pastors) patrolled from 10pm to 3.30am

13 pairs of Flip Flops given out.
9 bottles of water given out.
41 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe.
2 first aid dealt with - one miner cut to forehead other to semi unconscious man who was taken to A & E by ambulance
1 Situation calmed down.
3 Space blankets issued.
47 significant conversations.
1 response to call from CCTV
2 response to call from police

Narrative Information.
The town centre was busy with a warm night but we found it surprisingly quite with people minding there own business and not seeming to be very interactive with us. However, on counting up the significant conversations I was surprised at the total. The first half of the night had us encounter a group of women who requested flip flops, were very exited at getting them with lollipops, one saying she would write about us on face book.

Help was also given to a number of people who were sick, with water and tissues being issued to them.

The second half was different again with much action in the different situations we found our selves in. Helen's team had their tea break cut short with a call to a man who was found on a bench outside of Trust Information Office and in need of assistance. He asked the Street Pastors to get his uncle who worked in a near by bar. This they did and he came and took him home.

They then met a young man who  had previously had a row at home where the police had had to removed him from the home situation . He was a Roman Catholic and indicated he needed some spiritual support. Prayer was offered and he accepted this.

They then had to deal with a young man who was found in the Church grave yard unable to stand. They put him into the recovery position, tried to ascertain where he lived and who they could contact to get some relative or friend to come and collect him. Unfortunately while he could talk a little he was unaware where he was and his phone had run out of battery power. They decided to try to get him on his feet, this was partially successful and they got him in to the main street where he collapsed again. By this time they were joined by the community safety officer who called for an ambulance, they found him to be suffering from hypothermia and took him to A & E.

We found ourselves handing out water to those worst for wear. One of these was a young lady outside a taxi office waiting with her friends for a taxi. However, she was sick and one of our female Pastors sat with her and helped comfort her. Unfortunately all of a sudden one of her male friends kicked off complaining at the Taxi staff that it was not fair that they where not allowing them to use their taxis. This took us by surprise at the speed of the this, but this was spotted by a community safety officer and reported to the Uniform police who arrived swiftly and the situation calmed down.

We also had a lady ask us to check out another female who she had spotted was very upset and in tears. We proceeded to look for her and after finding who we thought she was, found that she had calmed down and was getting her self a sandwich from a vendor: we did not pursue any further. However, it is good that the general public are beginning to know who we are and what we are about.


Conclusion
Overall it was a good night with plenty of positive reactions from the general public with people coming up to us and either thanking us or telling us we were doing a good job. From the little things like just giving tissues and water to some who is being sick to the more serious incidents where an ambulance is needed, we are making a difference.

In some of the incidents we found ourselves in, we were very much 'learning on the Job'. I would like to say Helen and her team did extremely well in a new and difficult situation with the young man in the grave yard who had been abandon by his friends to his fate which had it not been for the Street Pastors (and other agencies) could well have been fatal.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

CSP REPORT - 17 SEPTEMBER 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Weekly Report 5: Saturday 17th September 2011

Statistical information
One Team of three Street Pastor patrolled from 10pm - 3.30am
  • 8 pairs of flip flops issued
  • 2 bottles of water given out
  • 25 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
  • 1 occasion of first aid was applied
  • 2 situations calmed down
  • 2 space blankets issued
  • 36 significant conversations
Narrative information
We didn't have any calls from CCTV or the police, but lots of opportunity to build on the relationships with door staff ,taxi and food outlets, we kept a look out for any potential problems and for people who may be vulnerable.

Within minutes of beginning our shift an older male on Stephenson Place called us over for help, he said he had drunken too much and needed to get home, he was worried he had missed his last bus , he shared with us that he had only three days previously been discharged from hospital suffering an angina/possible heart attack, we waited with him and pointed out and escorted him to the bus when it appeared, he thanked us for our help

Shortly after we came across a young man who was sat on the floor outside Gregg's, We asked the young lady with him if she needed any assistance, she said she had called her father who was on his way to pick them both up, We assisted her to get the young man to Knifesmithgate and stayed with them until her father arrived, During the forty minute wait the young woman began to get anxious and irritable and the young man was sick a couple of times we helped clean him up and gave him water and a space blanket as he appeared to be getting cold, Their father thanked us for assisting and  waiting with them.

Later in the evening we came across a young man with a badly cut/bleeding hand with a group of friends who appeared to be angry about a couple of things, one being annoyed at door staff in the bar they had been asked to leave from and the second that the ambulance they had called had not arrived,  We tried to calm the situation, reassure the group and  the injured man he was safe and not in any  immediate danger and that  the ambulance would come when  it was available, We put an additional dressing on the bleeding hand and gave reassurance to his distressed friends after the young man was taken to A&E in the ambulance.

Conclusion
Overall a much quieter night for the Street Pastors team, it is clear that more people are beginning to recognize who we are,  lots of conversations taking place about the work we do as well as their worries and anxieties, we are also finding that people are beginning to ask for practical help and assistance.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

CSP REPORT - 10 SEPTEMBER 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Weekly Report 4: Saturday 10th September 2011

Statistical Information:
Two teams of three Street Pastors patrolled from 10:00PM – 04:00AM   SP1  &  SP2
  • 7 Pairs of flip flops issued
  • 34 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
  • 8 situations calmed down
  • 2 space blanket issued
  • 72 significant conversations
Narrative Information:
Working with Paramedic & Uniformed Officers

1  Whilst SP2 were following up a contact for girl with *lost handbag they were called over to a young girl having a panic attack in the churchyard area. Her friend called for paramedic assistance and was panicking, meanwhile the patient’s mother turned up to be with her.

SPs calmed patient and friend as Paramedics and Uniform joined them, left professionals in charge to return to duties.

2  Control called asking for SPs to respond to a vulnerable young lady being accosted by young male in the churchyard area. SP2 responded and met two Uniformed officers who handed over a female in distress having lost her friends and awaiting family from Mansfield.

The young lady was comforted and revealed that one of her friends suspected spiking of her drinks. SPs accompanied her across town to meet up with family and handed over safely.

3  An officer met SP1 in Cavendish St. and asked to give assistance to a young lady who was intoxicated and lying in the road. On arrival found she had recovered sufficiently and was reunited with friends.

Once again, after a fairly quiet start the town became increasing busy. Beginning as usual with the Pubs on St Mary’s Gate, we talked with Door, Fast Food and Taxi office staff and gave out lollies before they became too busy. We had many conversations re the Derbyshire Times article with people approaching us even from within clubs to chat.

The night was very different to the previous week with Uniform being regularly called out to many incidents. There was a lot of tension and volatile behaviour.

One young lady fell on her face from high shoes and was given attention including flip flops.

Young lady in distress outside the Museum was missing her handbag with phone which was in the possession of her sister she had fallen out with. One team went to negotiate* on her behalf and reunited her with her belongings whilst the other team comforted her. The situation was calmed when the sisters met and the distressed female was taken to catch a cab home.

Attended two distressed females on Corporation St. both cold and missing a companion who had wandered off 30 mins previously. Both teams got involved as two SPs liased with husband in car park whilst others searched for missing female, Uniform interviewed the lead female and put out a CCT call. A space blanket was issued to one person and onlookers were moved on.

The missing female turned up after a further 30mins and was reunited with friends. Emotions were running high so they were encouraged to go home, get warm and talk in the morning.

Whilst the above happened the searching SPs found a distressed couple in road leading to DT offices, the female was led away to give them both space and the male was comforted by two of the team whilst the female sought comfort in a nearby club, door staff were informed.

A self discharged patient was escorted in the direction of the rail station to go home to Sheffield.

Over the evening several potentially volatile situations were watched and calmed.

Inebriated mature lady accompanied to taxi rank to be taken home to Brimmington.

Conclusions
We are beginning to meet up with familiar faces and relationships built from previous Saturdays.

Our paths crossed with John, Kate and Jane on several occasions who all had a very busy night with various situations.

The teams worked well together cooperating as you see above with various incidents, it was felt to be a busy but worthwhile night.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

CHESTERFIELD PRAYER WALK 2011

Prayer Walk 2011



Courtesy of DerbyChurchNet - One Church, Serving Derbyshire

CSP REPORT - 3 SEPTEMBER 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Weekly Report 3: Saturday 3rd September 2011


Statistical Information.
One team of five Street Pastors (plus a Reporter from the Derbyshire Times as an observer)

5 Pairs of flip flops issued1 occasion where minor first aid was applied
30 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
3 situations calmed down
2 requests for prayer
1 space blanket issued
73 significant conversations (means more than just an exchange of greetings)

Narrative Information
We had no calls from CCTV or the police, but had a busy night making ourselves known to people, who asked who we were, looking out for those who might be vulnerable, keeping a look out for potential problems/situations, chatting to and getting to know door staff, duty police, taxi staff and staff in the fast food outlets.

After a fairly quiet start, the night became increasingly busy. Police were called to several scuffles and arguments in Corporation Street but each of these as far as we could tell were swiftly dealt with as we watched nearby.

We assisted two males both of whom were very drunk. One was being sick and was helped by two of the team to clean himself up and then given water. He recovered sufficiently to be escorted round the corner to a taxi and home. The other was watched and chatted to and eventually reunited with his mates who were seeing him home.

We met several young women who had fallen out with boyfriends and in distress. We offered tissues, sympathy and a listening ear and in most instances managed to persuade them to get a taxi home with the accompanying friend. Two girls needed help when they fell while crossing the road. We made sure they got into a taxi safely. Two of the team went to the aid of a visibly distressed young woman who eventually told them she had fallen out with her boyfriend who was standing with her. They gave her tissues and stayed with her until two other friends came looking for her.One young woman was given first aid and flip flops for a cut foot.

We had many worthwhile conversations during the night particularly during the second half. Some wanted to talk about faith and we answered a wide range of questions as we were able. Generally people were having a good night and it being warm, large groups were happy to hang out on the street chatting to us with good natured banter. We gave out countless lollies as usual. Michael, the reporter from the Derbyshire Times was warmly received and had some positive conversations and photo opportunities!

Food and taxi outlets
We popped in to chat briefly with the fast food staff and gave out a few lollies to staff on the phones in the taxi offices. We felt some good relationships were beginning to be built up especially as we had used their services.
Conclusions
It was a good night. Again we were impressed at the team spirit that exists among the various nighttime economy staff and felt privileged to share in it for the good of our community.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

CSP REPORT - 27 AUGUST 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors
Weekly Report 2– Saturday 27th August 2011


Statistical Information
Two teams of 4 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 3am

10 Pairs of flip flops issued
3 bottles of water supplied
2 occasions where minor first aid was applied
3 calls from CCTV responded to
1 call from police responded to
19 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
4 situations calmed down
2 requests for prayer
1 space blanket issued
75 significant conversations (means more than just an exchange of greetings)

Narrative Information
It was a very quiet night in Chsterfield with remarkably few people out.  This might be why we had more conversations and got to know some characters better throughout the night, as there was time and space to do this.

Calls from CCTV/police

Two of the calls were in respect to young men who were under the influence of drink to the extent that some assistance was required to get them into a situation where they could be looked after by friends and got transport home. In another instance the young man had a group of friends who were already organising transport home for him and successfully managed the situation without any assistance. In the other incident the person concerned was well known to the police and while we provided some support such as keeping an eye on him while he 'slept' heavily and issuing a space blanket to keep him warm, he needed attention from a paramedic and we were not going to be able to move him or help further.

Other incidents

There were a number of people who had clearly had a lot to drink, some of whom had some water to 'recover' with.  In these instances we either sat with the person until he/she recovered enough to care for him/herself, ensuring that accompanying friends were willing and capable to assist the subject and keep them safe or helped to provide physical support to get the subject into a taxi with friends.  We also tried to help some people who had lost their keys to identify what they could do to help themselves.

Calming situations
We had three situations where we helped to calm situations, either acting as a distraction so that one person calmed down enough to avoid a controntation, reasoning with someone and encouraging them to leave a potential quarrel alone or  just let others go past who they had previously argued with, rather than going with them and arguing again. 

In one of these situations we had been trying to calm one young man (with a small group of friends) who had clearly had too much to drink and was having an on going quarrel with another young man, but was responding to calming from us. But this was then joined by three young women having a disagreement, which he joined in, which looked likely to escalate very quickly and was of a quite different nature. A street pastor approached a police officer at this point (as he was very close but looking into a club so unaware of this) to draw his attention to the situation that was developing and needed to be handled by the police.

Once the police had arrested one of the young women who was not responding even to their requests for her to leave the others and stop the agument, we were able to encourage the small group we had been trying to calm, to get their taxi home, which they did.

Food and taxi outlets
We called in on the staff in the fast food outlets and the taxi offices or waved at people we had spoken to last week who were busy with customers.  Fat Sams staff said that the would like to be linked to the radio network as they often had problems later at night.  We were unsure whether they had talked about this with the night time economy manager or not.

Conclusions
There was a heavy shower of rain around 2.15am which moved people off the street and we concluded that we should end our patrol at 3am rather than 4am.

We recognised that we are still getting to know people and how things work, but we felt that we had a good second night out. We were happy that we were deployed to or came across incidents where we could be of assistance and pleased to be a part of the partnership approach. We continued to be impressed by the way all the agencies worked together for the common good and pleased to be a part of that team.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

CSP REPORT - 20 AUGUST 2011

Chesterfield Street Pastors  
Weekly Report 1– Saturday 20th August 2011
 
Statistical Information

Two teams of 3 Street Pastors patrolled from 10pm to 3am

14 Pairs of flip flops issued

10 bottles of water supplied

5 occasions where minor first aid was applied
6 calls from CCTV responded to
2 calls from police responded to
5 bottles/glasses picked up and made safe
2 situations calmed down
1 request for prayer
2 space blankets issued
62 significant conversations (means more than just an exchange of greetings)

Narrative Information

Working with paramedic
We were called to Corporation Street outside Envy to assist with a drunken male. We arrived shortly after the paramedic and assisted him. The subject was vomiting when we arrived, but then drifted into a semi-conscious state. Two (female) members of the team cleaned up the subject and provided care to him whilst the paramedic carried out his tests on the patient. The patient’s mates took exception to the paramedics approach and verbally assaulted him. The third member of the team (male) intervened and eventually calmed them down. The patient was taken to hospital by ambulance after about 15 to 20 minutes. The paramedic and the mates of the patient expressed their thanks.

Calls from CCTV/police

Virtually all the calls were in respect of people who were under the influence of drink/drugs to the extent that some assistance was required to get them into a situation where they would be looked after by friends and/or got transport home. Each incident was successfully concluded and the methods included; helping to provide physical support to get the subject into a taxi with friends, sitting with the subject whilst he/she recovered enough to care for him/herself, ensuring that accompanying friends were willing and capable to assist the subject and keep them safe.

Food and taxi outlets

We made ourselves known to the staff in the fast food outlets and the taxi offices and got the feeling that they valued our presence which would happen every Saturday night from now onwards.

Conclusions

There was a heavy shower of rain around 2am which moved people off the street. Our estimates after conversations with the door staff along Corporation Street  around 2.30am was that there may be around 600 person left in the late night premises and we concluded that we should end our patrol at 3am rather than 4am.

We felt that we had a good first night out. We were happy that we were deployed to incidents where we could be of assistance and pleased to be a part of the partnership approach. We were impressed by the way all the agencies worked together for the common good and pleased to be a part of that team.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

LIFE-SAVERS HIT THE STREETS

Derbyshire Times - 14 July 2011

Chesterfield’s new street pastors will be equipped with life-saving skills when they take to the town centre next month thanks to St John Ambulance.

Trainers from the leading first aid charity ran a specialist course for the fledgling pastors as part of their intensive training in the run-up to the August 13 launch.

St John Ambulance trainer Antony Owen instructed 25 volunteers from local churches in how to deal with emergencies they might encounter on the streets including severe bleeding, vomiting and chest pains as well as how to resuscitate someone who has stopped breathing.

He said: “Each year up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.”

“This is life-changing first aid. These people will be out there helping vulnerable people in Chesterfield and these skills could make the difference between a life saved and a life lost.”

Street pastor Yvonne Birchmore, from Central Methodist Church, said: “First aid is a very important part of what we’ll be doing. We could be the first line of defence and without this someone might die.

“It’s also an important confidence-builder for the team. These are the kind of skills that we could call on anywhere.”

In Chesterfield a minimum of four street pastors will work in the town centre every Saturday night, from 10pm to 4am, helping late-night revellers to stay safe. They will chat to people, listen, talk and help to keep the peace. Before the scheme gets under way, volunteers are being trained in everything from first aid to alcohol awareness, drug awareness and offensive weapons.

St John Ambulance offers a range of first aid training from school classes for children as young as five to workplace sessions and community courses. For more details call the Derbyshire training team on (01246) 200 272.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

THE FEEDING

The Feeding
Sunday 3rd July, Stand Park, Whittington Moor
A Feast of Family Food and Fun! 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Featuring music, bouncy castle, parachute games, gospel magic, clowns, team games and more! Contact Mike Dalby on 07940 150171 for more details.