Town centre support for Saturday night revellers
THE team of volunteers who look after people in need on the streets of Sleaford every Saturday night is having a relaunch this weekend.
The Sleaford Street Source team which currently operates from the The Source, Southgate, will, from Saturday, be taking its services out onto the streets to see if it can provide practical support throughout the town.
The group of volunteers set up five years ago to provide a place where people who may have had too much to drink or who were lonely or experiencing difficulties could be safe, warm and dry.
A member of the team, Jem Green, said: "We were finding it increasingly quiet on a Saturday night.
"We felt a little of this could be due to economic downturn but also because of the closure of the adjacent pub as many people now have a different route through the town.
"Consequently we are going to go out onto the street and see whether we can provide some practical support to those who need it throughout the town."
The cafe at The Source will still be open but the team hope to ensure that while two members stay at the cafe two other volunteers will be out on the streets of Sleaford.
Jem said that the people they encounter on a typical Saturday night varied.
He said: "Sometimes we just have people who use the toilets and chat for five minutes, other times we have helped people sober up and have ordered them and helped them into a taxi.
"We have provided the odd train fare home and provided a sleeping bag and a hot meal when there were some homeless people about.
"For a while we had some very regular visitors who were lonely or experiencing difficulties and stayed for two or three hours."
Sainsbury's in Sleaford has donated some bottled water for the team to hand out as part of its relaunch this weekend.