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.

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.