November 20, 2014
The Northbank Business Improvement District has teamed up with Westminster Street Pastors to help make this busy and vibrant part of the capital even safer. Already the WSP are assisting the police and local authority with a Safer Departure Zone at the junction of Villiers Street and Strand. This is also in addition to the patrols they conduct in and around the BID footprint including Trafalgar Square.
Street Pastors have been recognised nationally and internationally for their work including a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Already in other parts of London their ability to intervene has seen reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour.
This month the Strand team administered first aid to a member of the public who had injured himself in the street. A passer by commented – “Everyone else just ignored him! It was while we were waiting for the ambulance that the street pastors came along. They rang 999 again and administered First Aid. I was hugely impressed with your effort and your commitment to the tiring job that you have chosen to perform.”
To learn more about Westminster Street Pastors please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit westminster.streetpastors.org.uk.