Praise for those helping Lancashire's streets safer
A total of £25,000 was allocated to support the work of street pastors, street angels and similar organisations.
Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors received £10,000, Blackpool & Fylde Street Angels £7,000, Chorley Street Pastors £4,000, and both Lancaster Street Pastors and Ormskirk Street Pastors £2,000 respectively.
The members of these groups are trained volunteers who usually patrol the streets of their community on a Friday and Saturday night, supporting the homeless and other vulnerable people whilst also offering assistance to night-time revellers and preventing violent incidents getting out of control.
Funding is being used by the groups to help them train and equip new volunteers, upskill current volunteers and for resources such as drinks and food to give out to vulnerable people.
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said:
“I’m delighted to be able to support the vital work that continues to be done by these organisations to help keep our streets safe.
“They provide support to vulnerable people, which is one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan, whilst also providing a rewarding opportunity for those who want to give back to their community through volunteering.
“By helping deal with incidents before they escalate and require police or paramedics, they reduce the need for frontline services to intervene and reduce some of the strain that our emergency services are under around the clock.”