Motivating communities

On patrol with Brighton Street Pastors (Copyright JJ Waller)

Since 2009 I have been the coordinator of Brighton Street Pastors, organising the training and developing links with Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council and private businesses such as night clubs. The Street Pastors began their training in March 2010 and have been operational since June 2010. We have a dedicated team of 24 Street Pastors who spend Friday and Saturday evenings on the Streets of Brighton, offering flip flops to those whose shoes have become uncomfortable, bottles of water and other items to help those we meet. We accompany inebriated individuals to locations where they can sober up before travelling home and help people with minor injuries to receive speedy first aid.

I am one of the foundation Trustees of Sussex Pathways, a charity established in 2008 to provide mentoring for people leaving prison and returning to Sussex. Sussex Pathways was established with the help of Sussex Police on a very small budget with the dedication of a small team of volunteers. Yet it has made a significant difference to the reoffending patterns of some of those who have been helped.

Volunteers loading fresh food into a FareShare van

I was a founding Trustee of City Gate Community Projects, a charity in Brighton & Hove which impacts on the lives of many vulnerable people through the provision of Circus Preschool which educates under 5 year olds from a diverse range of backgrounds and FareShare. I developed the feasibility study for the scheme and helped to establish it. FareShare involves a wide range of volunteers including some who are clients of probation or undergoing detox from drug and alcohol dependency. Each year it delivers over 200 tonnes of food to services for the most vulnerable in our community.