Rugby Street Pastors have been given a cheque for £5,490 as part of the £1 million Commissioner Grant Scheme.
Warwickshire Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Ball presented the cheque at the group’s AGM which was followed by a celebration lunch.
The Commissioner Grant Scheme, set up by Mr Ball, invites bids to fund local projects that support the victims of crime, and help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Mr Ball said: “If I hadn’t witnessed it myself, I would have struggled to believe the contribution that Pastors make to making our town centres both safer and nicer places to be and I’m delighted to be able to support their work.”
He also promised to accompany the Pastors on a patrol in the near future.
Guests included Rugby’s Mayor & Mayoress Cllr & Mrs Ramesh Srivastava and Ascension Trust CEO Rev Les Isaac OBE (founder of Street Pastors in 1993).
Rev Isaac was the guest speaker at the celebration lunch.
He said: “Ascension Trust is a Christian inter-denominational organisation with a passion to empower individuals to work together within their local community and nation, to contribute positively to society and to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged and vulnerable and I congratulate Rugby Street Pastors for their hard work and dedication in serving their community.”
At the AGM, Bob Reeve, the Rugby Street Pastors’ Coordinator, said: “We have much to celebrate.
“Over the past five years we have recruited and trained from Rugby’s REVIVE Churches 51 Street Pastors, of which there are now still 42, with teams of four or five patrolling the town centre streets every Friday and Saturday night providing practical help and advice.”
Mr Reeve added that there were a further eight recruits undergoing training and they would be commissioned on August 31, bringing the total number of operational Street Pastors to 50.
During the period May 2013 to April 2014, Street Pastors administered first aid on 18 occasions, assisted 18 clubbers to get safely to taxis (on occasions travelling with them to ensure they got into their homes safely), brushed up broken glass on 114 occasions to prevent shoeless girls cutting their feet, disposed of 1002 bottles and glasses, preventing them being potential weapons, helped 75 vulnerable people and engaged in 2063 conversations.