Street Presence… hopefully the name says something; being there, a presence on the streets, for whoever is on the streets, no matter who they might be, whatever their circumstances, whatever their need.
The teams are available to provide a listening ear, a calming presence, support, or signposting, depending on the situation. Sometimes it just helps to know there is someone about who cares. Our experienced, trained volunteer Street Presence Pastors go out on the streets in Norfolk, UK. The street team is backed by a prayer team who are in regular contact by phone, pray for the situations encountered, and the street team relay back prayer needs as well as answers to prayer.
The key times for the team to be out are during the late “Night Time Economy” hours which can vary from place to place, seasonally, or depending on events that may be on, we would normally aim to be out on the street from 10 PM to some time after 3 AM.
Whilst out, we provide support and care for persons in need who are: homeless, suffering from the effects of poverty, sickness, disability, old age, alcoholism, drug addiction, offending behaviour, or any other mental or physical infirmity, as an expression of Christian faith. We do not preach either in a religious or lifestyle manner but prefer to let our action speak for us.
Much of our work involves our night time patrols, particularly (but not exclusively) in clubland areas, but we also offer follow up, either by signposting to other agencies or other support, to bridge gaps in need in the hope of providing sustainable solutions.
We are in regular contact with other agencies to ensure a joined up approach to our work so that we do not duplicate effort but are able to provide more efficient use of resources.
We are members of CNI the Christian Nightlife Intiatives network an international group whose members provide appropriate support for those people they find out at night.
We can be contacted via our website or through our VOIP number which connects to the most appropriate person including our street mobile when we are out.
Through partners we have also set up a Norwich section for the national YourNight system. People can access yournight.mobi on their mobile phone and gain access to helplines, agency info, details of pubs, clubs, food outlets, taxi and bus info. On visiting the mobile targeted website the user is also offered the option of a free mobile app for their android or iphone device as appropriate which, once downloaded, will enable them to access the information even if there is no signal, no credit or their data allowance has been used. Maps are provided as well as dialling or access to websites, email, twitter or facebook as appropriate direct from the app or website. A what’s near me feature shows those unfamiliar with the area which way to go to nearest venues with less risk of getting lost. Posters provided to venues promote the use of the app as well as notifying people that the venue is on it and provides a QR tag so yournight.mobi can be immediately accessed.