Late night cafe looking for volunteers

PUBLISHED: 09:01 12 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 14 June 2013

The cafe is working with the street pastors to get people home safely.

The cafe is working with the street pastors to get people home safely.

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A WESTON charity is working with the police and street pastors to give people a safe place to go to after a night out.

The Lighthouse Café has started opening late on Saturday nights, giving the street pastors somewhere to look after people who may have drunk too much.

Neighbourhood inspector Liz Hughes said: “It is very important that vulnerable people have somewhere safe to go.

“This is a great example of volunteers, the police and local businesses working together to reduce crime, tackle antisocial behaviour and help some of the people who need it most.

“This scheme is working very well and we will continue to work closely with the street pastors particularly over the busy weekends of the summer.”

The café, in Beach Road, is just one of many projects the Lighthouse charity uses to support people in the community.

The Christian charity currently has more than 120 volunteers, who gave 20,000 hours in 2012, but it is always looking for more help.

Their projects include a food bank, the King’s Table, where those who are vulnerable or in need of company can have a free lunch and support and the café which provides training opportunities for people who have been unemployed for a long time.

The charity also trains people for employment and matches people who volunteer to work they would enjoy or be suited to.

The charity’s development manager Jo Southard said: “The idea is that you get out there and do jobs for people who need jobs doing and cannot do them for themselves. Or we do work in the community, like planting in Clarence Park.

“We are trying to do a good turn for people who need it and people who want to volunteer for the community.

“I got involved when some friends were starting a food bank. I lost my job and started working in the café, which had always been something I enjoyed doing and I was able to give my time when I wasn’t working.”

The charity is looking for more people to volunteer, particularly for the King’s Table or to help out in the Lighthouse Café during its late-night opening.

For more information, contact Jo Southard on 07766 011493.

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