Lincoln’s Street Pastors have won a prestigious award – and a financial boost – in honour of the sterling work they do “after dark.”
The team, which is part of the Greater Lincoln Active Faith Network and based out of Lincoln BIG offices, has been presented with a Service Above Self award by the Bailgate Rotary Club.
And there’s more! In addition to a trophy and a framed award, the team was also given a cheque for £1,000 and a box of 150 emergency blankets!
Bailgate Rotary Club President Elect Allan Orient said: “Following the Lincoln Street Pastors’ Co-ordinator Teena Twelves’ recent visit to one of our weekly meetings and giving us such an inspirational and informative talk about the work they do, we decided we would support such an amazing local organisation.
“We presented them with a cheque for £1,000 and a large amount of foil blankets. This will enable them to supply the pink flip flops that they are well known for within the city for the next five years.”
Mr Orient said the Rotarians have awarded their Service Above Self trophy (also the Rotary Motto) since 1982 to individuals or groups that Bailgate Rotary Club feels have gone above and beyond the call of duty and deserve the accolade.
“This year it was my pleasure to award that trophy to the Lincoln Street Pastors for their continued night patrolling of the streets of Lincoln and helping those in need over the past 10 years.”
Pastors’ Co-ordinator Teena Twelves said: “We currently have a team of about 30 street pastors, who are supported by about 20 prayer pastors. Members of the street team go out into the city every Saturday night and once a month on Friday nights.
“The team is there to care, to help and to listen, and enjoy meeting the people of Lincoln and surrounding towns and villages and being able to support them in their moment of need – whether this be helping those who are lost, vulnerable through drink or drugs, or needing some first aid and signposting to other services. Our work supports the evening economy by ensuring that Lincoln is a safe place where everyone can come and enjoy a really good night out.
“We are thrilled to have been recognised by the Bailgate Rotary Club in this way. We are always in need of emergency blankets, so that donation is really appreciated, as is the £1,000 for footwear, as we currently hand out about 280 pairs of flip flops every year.”
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said: “We are proud to support levy payers who ensure the city has a vibrant evening economy.
“We congratulate the Street Pastors on their fantastic award. They do a brilliant job in helping to ensure that people who enjoy visiting our late restaurants, clubs and bars, get home safely after a great night out.”