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Last update 11th December
Cork Street pastors
Back on Patrol
Cork Street Pastors, a volunteer initiative to address wellbeing and safety on the streets of our cities and towns, has been back on patrol. With the pubs and nightclubs closed because of the lockdown, Cork’s Fitzgerald Park is a new destination on Saturday afternoons –a caring initiative to be a listening ear and available to offer help if requested.
Our parks have become vital outlets during the pandemic, especially for young people to meet up on Saturday afternoons. Here they leave behind the stresses of school, and for many, the strains of life at home. They want space from adults and simply to chill out with their peers. So it wasn’t surprising when they saw the uniforms of the Street Pastors, the young people made a run for it! But over the following weeks the defences dropped and the Street Pastors once again found themselves being a listening ear.
For many years the work of the Street Pastors on Saturday nights has been widely recognised by publicans, vulnerable adults, worried parents and is highly valued by Cork Gardai.
Coming from many different churches in Cork, for each Street Pastor it is a way to put their faith in action and are looking forward this Christmas to be back on patrol alternating their Saturday work between nights in the city centre and afternoons in the park. And of course Covid 19 measures are always practised. Anyone interested in becoming a Street Pastor can make contact through their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/
For more information please contact the Cork Street Pastors coordinator:
David Hoey: Mobile 086 2324484