A group of Christians from a variety of churches across Poole who got together at the request of the Police and local authority in late 2017. Partnerships with Faithworks Wessex and the Neighbourhood Police were formed and we have developed as a strong team to be a positive, calming support for local people.
Each team member is passionate about helping the vulnerable who are often silent or hiding behind a tough exterior and we rely on God to show us who to reach out to.
We have been asked to go into the town centre of Poole in blue high-vis jackets on Saturdays afternoons, between 3.30 and 5.30pm to patrol the bus station, high street and the quay to be among the shoppers, youngsters, homeless and visitors to the town.
Since September our patrol has been extended to Ashley Road, Upper Parkstone one afternoon a week between 3 and 6pm, as a result of a request from traders and visitors and neighbourhood police.. We patrol the main street and engage with local traders, shoppers and local people to assist with anti-social behaviour problems in the area.
There are many people in both areas who are in need assistance, both practical, emotional and spiritual. We are here for everyone – we are non-judgmental and go where the help is needed, there are no barriers of faith or situation and of course we are always delighted when asked to pray or to give spiritual guidance.
We have contacts and links with homeless charities, Safer Communities in BPC , youth organisers and Neighbourhood Police. There are countless charities in the town who are also passionate to encourage and train people in new skills and lifestyles so that everyone is equipped to live life to the full. We like to make connections between those organisations and the people who need them.