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.