Pastors in need of more volunteers

08/04/2011'depute provost Allyson Black in her Street Pastor gear for feature
08/04/2011'depute provost Allyson Black in her Street Pastor gear for feature

MORE volunteers are being sought to support Kirkcaldy’s Street Pastors scheme.

The group is appealing for more local church members to get involved by taking to the streets on Saturday evenings, providing help to people making their way home after a night out.

The emphasis of the project is on practical support, with Street Pastors handing out bottled water, flip flops and blankets as well as assisting vulnerable people in getting home safely.

The Kirkcaldy scheme is currently down to nine volunteers with around half a dozen going through the nationwide Ascension Trust training programme. This ensures that Street Pastors are trained to deal with a variety of situations.

But volunteer George Thomson (pictured) said they are needing more helpers.

Working together

“Street Pastors is very practical and involves working together,” he said. “It is a way of the churches getting into the community and helping people in a way which does not preach at them. The minimum people would be required to come out would be once a month.”

Each volunteer will receive training where they will learn valuable listening skills, drug, alcohol and solvent awareness, radio training and basic first aid. They will also be given information about youth culture.

George continued: “We are looking for people who care about their community and want to do something to help others. We veer away from preaching about God, it’s more about talking and listening to people, especially young people who want someone to talk to. The Street Pastors are very well received by the public and it is very rewarding.”

The Street Pastors, which celebrated their first anniversary in February, are now a regular feature on the streets of Kirkcaldy. For more details contact George Thomson on (01592) 203178.