The MaidSafe Awards celebrated the 20th anniversary of Maidstone’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership on Thursday 9 June.
Well done to everyone involved with Maidstone Street Pastors!
The awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Partnership members and affords the partner agencies – One Maidstone, Kent Police and Maidstone Borough Council – the opportunity to extend their thanks and appreciation to all those involved.
This year’s event was held at the Gallery nightclub on Bank Street and was supported by the main sponsors – Gallery Nightclub, Fremlin Walk, The Muggleton Inn and Source Bar. Among the guests were council leader Fran Wilson and the deputy Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Greer.
At a glitzy event sponsored by Great Western Railway, Plymouth Street Pastors received the Volunteer Team of the Year award.
Ten inspiring winners were recognised at the city’s Inspiring Volunteers evening.
The late-night patrols carried out by the Street Pastors team in Plymouth are now a familiar – and welcomed – sight among clubbers in the city centre, the Barbican, Warner Village, North Hill and Mutley Plain areas.
Co-ordinator Roy Beaumont, who nominated the team, said that since their launch in 2008, the Street Pastors team has resuscitated two people, helped avoid seven suicides, saved three people from hypothermia, given away over 6,600 pairs of flip flops to those walking the street bare-foot, removed over 55,000 discarded bottles and handed out more than 1,300 blankets.
Roy added his congratulations to everyone involved in the team. “Well done guys, another well-deserved public recognition of the fantastic work done by every street and prayer pastor. Thankyou for your continued commitment to this ministry and many blessings.”
Southend Street Pastors has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
John Simmonds, acting chairperson, commented, “We have patrolled Southend as street pastors for over 10 years and it is great to receive this high recognition from the local community and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016. We will continue to go out to help anyone that is or becomes vulnerable in Southend on Friday and Saturday nights. What an honour this is.”
Many congratulations to the team – volunteers, pray-ers, churches, coordinator, management team and trustees – it’s a fantastic achievement.
An award from the High Sheriff of Herefordshire has been received by Hereford Street Pastors ‘in recognition of great and valuable services to the community’.
This is the second year in succession that the team have received the award.
The award also acknowledges appreciation for the team from local residents who are recognise the contribution they make to enhancing the life of the community.
The High Sheriff recently joined the team on patrol as an observer and his successor has already promised to do the same!