11.11.08

This is why I hardly post anymore...

It’s finally going ahead so it’s about time I explained why I hardly post on here anymore and why if you see me around Aberystwyth I’m likely to be looking slightly crazed, and maybe shaking a flip-flop…



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Church offers support to revellers


 


“A voluntary Saturday night street pastoral scheme is being launched in Aberystwyth, to help people who are in distress.


 


St Michael’s Church members Josh and Rachel Maynard are the driving force behind the NightLight project, and the scheme’s volunteers will take to the streets of Aberystwyth for the first time at 11pm on Saturday 15th November.


NightLight is one of the first operational objectives of the newly-launched Aberystwyth Night-time Economy Action Plan.


Volunteers will offer practical help ranging from handing out water, advice on how to get home, and hope to be a calming influence by using their ‘conflict resolution’ skills in potentially-violent situations.


 


Mr Maynard, a zoology student at Aberystwyth University, said: “We have 45 volunteers from the congregation of St Michael’s Church, who are very positive about NightLight. We have the support of other churches, and hopefully they will come on board with volunteers. Rachel and I live in town and are aware of the problems that people get into on a night out. The aim is to help people however we can. It may be that they can’t get home – perhaps because of consuming too much alcohol – or they may even be lost. We will also be looking at conflict resolution in the hope that by gentle intervention we can defuse a situation, and be a calming influence. And I am hoping for a bulk purchase of flip flops, which will be handy for women who have trouble walking in their high-heels after a night out!”


 


Mr Maynard had the NightLight idea some months ago. He said: “I saw a similar scheme working well in Devon. I did not know about the NTE plan when I decided to set up NightLight in Aberystwyth, but hopefully it will play a useful part. And Aberystwyth police and Ceredigion County Council are being very supportive.”


 


Mrs Maynard, who works in the office at St Michael’s Church, sees NightLight as taking the church into the community. She said: “People should rest assured that our volunteers will not be judgemental in any way. They just want to help those who are vulnerable at that particular time.”


Volunteers will be out from 11pm on Saturdays until 3am Sundays, probably in pairs and clearly visible.


Mr Maynard said: “The volunteers are having training at Aberystwyth police station on things like conflict resolution, self-defence, and civilian law. And obviously they need to know when to step back from a situation.”


NTE coordinator Barbara Pritchard welcomes the scheme. She said: “This is a very positive scheme aimed at helping people. It is certainly not ‘information gathering’ as suggested by a few licensees. The aim of NightLight is to offer help, and it should prove valuable to the NTE of Aberystwyth.


Inspector Kevin Davies at Aberystwyth Police station said: “We are supportive of the initiative. They may be able to help defuse certain situations before they escalate and provide support to people who need it on a Saturday night.”


(By Norman Williams - The Cambrian News)


 


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5 comments:

  1. You are also very brave! Many of us (I'm a lot older than you) came to see the town centres as no-go areas years ago, but you are right. I'm sure that, particularly with so many students in Aber, there are many who will need a little help to find their way home.
    Please keep safe.

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  2. Hey

    Haven't spoken in a while so I thought I'd drop by and see how you are?

    This NightLight thing sounds amazing (and scary). How did it go?

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Loz xx

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  3. Hey Laura,

    I'm good thanks! Life is a bit crazy but I thrive on a challenge! Currently researching ideas for next year but haven't made any firm decisions! EEK.

    NightLight was amazing, and lots of fun. Will post about it soon when I get 5 minutes

    Good to hear from you xx

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  4. Thanks for the encouragement Linda :) We hope to change people's perceptions of Aber, as many do see it as a no-go area on a Saturday night!

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  5. you put a picture of me up!!! how dare you

    hehe

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