Friday

Harrogate Street Pastors

The last event of my Volunteering Week was to go out with the Harrogate Street Pastors, who help keep Harrogate a safe place at night and provide support for vulnerable people in the late night environment which can be very challenging.

Going round about the town centre in orange jackets, usually in pairs, talking to the pubbers and clubbers, liaising with the doormen at the pubs and clubs, connected to the CCTV system operators, the Street Pastors help hundreds who could face difficulties. The Street Pastors also have a catering van, parked on Oxford Street, giving out coffee, tea and water.

I was out with the team from midnight to 3am. It was not the busiest night in the town centre, but there were still incidents where the Street Pastors were able to offer support. There was one case particularly which brought home how valuable a service they are. One of the doormen I spoke to told me how he thought the Street Pastors had saved lives.

The Street Pastors were a great team. I enjoyed meeting them and seeing first hand the work they do.

PhysioNet

To Lower Dunsforth to help PhysioNet, a charity which supplies physiotherapy and mobilty equipment to disabled children in developing countries. They take equipment that is being discarded, mainly by the NHS and councils, and have it refurbished before packing it into a container for dispatch.I was part of the team assembled to do the packing of the equipment into the container. This was a real case of many hands making light work, and it was just as well that there were many hands as we were loading a large container so there was a lot of lifting.The equipment that was being sent was in excellent condition. The kit had been refurbished, with the work being done by prison inmates. This is great work for them, and equipment which would have gone to scrap or into landfill is given a second life helping those in developing countries.

I enjoyed helping, and joining the team and helping. PhysioNet have developed a great idea into a project which helps thousands of others.

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