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Pastors and Tidworth Mums honoured
STREET Pastors in Salisbury were among the winners in a set of awards recognising the hard work of volunteers in Wiltshire.
The street pastors are a 50-strong group drawn from churches in Salisbury who patrol the streets at night over the weekend, offering support to vulnerable revellers.
They shared the award for creative partnership working with Chippenham street pastors in this year’s Wiltshire Voluntary and Community Awards.
Brian Percey, the street pastors’ co-ordinator said: “We were delighted to receive one of the voluntary service awards, especially as it was for creative partnership, because partnership is what Salisbury Street Pastors are about. We work with Pubwatch, the police, Salisbury City Council and Purple Flag partners.”
Another set of winners were Tidworth Mums, who won the award for best community initiative. The group runs playgroups in Tidworth and offers support and information for mothers in the area. They won their award after members of the audience at the awards evening in Devizes Corn Exchange viewed a film on each of the four shortlisted projects.
Vikkie Thomas, chairman of the Tidworth Mums’ committee said: “To win was a wonderful surprise and really unexpected, when we watched everybody else’s videos about such worthy causes.”
Joyce Stretton, who works for the Army Welfare Service and is a member of Tidworth Mums’ committee, said she was delighted to see the 18-month-old organisation recognised. She said: “It’s fantastic. The girls have worked so hard.” The awards were organised by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for communities, Jonathan Seed, said: We have seen some truly wonderful examples of outstanding community work that takes place in our county year in, year out and this event is just one way of showing our appreciation for all that they do.”
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