Street and Rail PastorsSome of our church members volunteer with these inspiring initiatives.
Street Pastors offer reassurance, safety and support through . They work together with other partners to make communities safer.
They have been operating in Blackwood since 17th October 2009 and currently have 25 volunteers. They are out on a Saturday night on Blackwood High Street and on a Friday evening on the local estates.
The very latest news on what Blackwood Street Pastors are up to can be found on their Facebook page.
The Blackwood Street Pastors co-ordinator is Rev. Sue Phillips (Minister of Elim Baptist Church, Pontllanfraith)
"Sue explains, "We wear a uniform and carry rucksacks containing water, flip-flops, and lollipops. We give out hundreds of lollipops which are great for calming people down.
Sometimes some of the girls may be a little the worse for wear after a night out and have lost their shoes, so we give out flip-flops so they're not walking barefoot around the streets. We talk to people, help calm them down, make sure that they're safe and give out water."
Blackwood Street Pastors can be contacted by telephone: 07564 010497 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out a news story from BBC online here
Rail Pastors is an initiative of the Ascension Trust, working in partnership with train operators, Network Rail and Samaritans. Together they aim to save lives and reducing disruption on the rail network. Their mission is to reach out to people in moments of crisis, offering compassion and understanding, taking the time to listen to concerns in order to move the person to a place of safety. Read more here...