Street pastors for Portishead?

PUBLISHED: 09:08 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

COMMUNITY- MINDED volunteers could soon be walking the streets of Portishead to help tackle antisocial behaviour in the town.

COMMUNITY- MINDED volunteers could soon be walking the streets of Portishead to help tackle antisocial behaviour in the town.

At a consultation event on February 10 the people of Portishead will be introduced to a street pastors concept and then asked what they think.

This is a Christian project aimed at curbing common problems like underage drinking, littering, vandalism and some people's lack of respect for other residents.

Volunteers engage with young people hanging around streets and parks by caring, talking, listening and offering practical help.

Towns already using outreach workers in this way have reported a definite reduction in antisocial behaviour as a result.

Steven Fox who has organised the consultation said: "I hope a good cross section of the Portishead community will come along, including young people, and give their views and ideas about how we can tackle some of the problems the town faces.

"This could be a street pastors-style initiative or it could be something else, what is important is the community 'own' the solution."

The informal meeting takes place at St Peter's Church in Church Road North between 7.30-9.30pm.

Steven added: "The meeting is designed to be non-stuffy, non-threatening and engaging by giving all people the opportunity to say what they think.

"Absolutely everyone is very welcome."

Sergeant Jim Robinson from Portishead Police Station said the police welcomed the idea of Street Pastors in the town and would be happy to work with them.

For more details call Steven Fox on 07976 276242 or 01275 818146.

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