Representatives from the Comhairle, the Community Safety Partnership and Police Scotland gathered to extend a warm welcome to Sandy Scrimgeour, Chairman of Ascension Trust (Scotland) and local Coordinator Isabel MacLeod, at the official launch of the Stornoway Street Pastors initiative.
Stornoway becomes the twentieth area in the UK since 2003 to establish its own scheme. Street Pastors are trained volunteers, recruited via various local faith communities, to offer practical assistance and emotional support to those who may be in some distress and will patrol the town centre area between 10pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, to care for, listen and help people who are out on the streets.
Councillor Charlie Nicolson officiated at a formal welcoming meeting on behalf of the Comhairle and later spoke to the many local residents and Church representatives who attended the formal launch in the Town Hall.
Commenting on the Initiative Councillor Nicolson said: “The Introduction of Street Pastors is another string to the bow of our caring community; working in tandem with Police Scotland they will offer a level of reassurance, care and support to vulnerable people who may be reaching out from within our own community”
Comhairle Leader, Councillor Angus Campbell added: “Following on from the tremendous work carried out by the Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group during the recent storms, this initiative demonstrates the value of local agencies working together. On behalf of The Chief Executive and the Comhairle, I warmly welcome the Ascension Trust and Street Pastors Initiative to the Western Isles.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of Street Pastors, or are interested in becoming one, please contact Isabel Macleod, Tel: 07747392444