We are often asked why we do what we do and the simple answer is because people matter. Everyone is important.
We listen, we care and we help. To date, Plymouth Street Pastors have:
Resuscitated 2 people
Helped avert 6 suicides
Saved at least 3 people from Hypothermia and possibly death
Given away over 6,000 pairs of flip flops, mainly to girls walking home barefooted carrying their high heels which they can no longer walk in – this helps to avoid foot injuries from walking on broken glass
Given advice/re-assurance/directions to more than 1,250 people
Been able to help after more than 200 assaults
Removed over 50,000 bottles from the streets in case they get broken and cause a hazard or get used as weapons – nb staff working in A&E Dept, Derriford Hospital have commented on the “noticeable drop” in the number of cuts dealt with on Saturday nights
Given away over 1,000 space blankets, mainly to street sleepers
Contacted the emergency services more than 250 times
Administered direct First Aid more than 150 times
Given away some 700 bottles of water p.a. (either to wash wounds or help sober people up enough to get them safely home in a bona-fide taxi)
In general we offer unconditional love and support to all we meet, in whatever way we can and as our training equips us to do. The power of a smile, a kind word, the offer of help or a listening ear can be all someone will need sometimes.
We don’t judge, preach, or wag fingers, although if asked, we are happy to answer any questions that we can about God or the Bible – after all, we are only reflecting His love by dong what we do on the streets!