Volunteers sought as Street Pastors plan to expand their work

Brian Mullan of Newtownabbey Street Pastors. INNT 13-028-FP
Brian Mullan of Newtownabbey Street Pastors. INNT 13-028-FP

Antrim and Newtownabbey Street Pastors are on the look-out for more volunteers to help with their street patrols at the weekends.

The inter-denominational Christian organisation, which started its work in the Glengormley area in 2013, is planning to extend its “listening, caring and helping” work into Ballyclare, Antrim and Crumlin in the coming months.

Newtownabbey Street Pastors Claire Mullan, Anne McIntyre, Frances McAuley and Brian Mullan enjoying Culture Night in Glengormley with some of the movie and TV characters who turned up for the event. INNT 38-506CON

Newtownabbey Street Pastors Claire Mullan, Anne McIntyre, Frances McAuley and Brian Mullan enjoying Culture Night in Glengormley with some of the movie and TV characters who turned up for the event. INNT 38-506CON

To enable that expansion to take place, the Street Pastors need to recruit more volunteers who can spare a Friday or Saturday evening every month on a rota system.

Brian Mullan, who sits on the management committee of the local Street Pastors organisation, said: “We are trying to get more people involved in Newtownabbey, and as we have now joined with Antrim we are planning to develop into Antrim, Crumlin and Ballyclare. We need more people coming forward in order to strengthen our teams and training, as well as to develop new teams in the other locations.”

All volunteers must be aged over 18, and everyone will be given full training.

For more information contact your local church minister/church office or call Newtownabbey Street Pastors on 07543 937436.

Meanwhile, several local Street Pastors participated in Glengormley’s second annual Culture Night on Friday, September 11.

Mr Mullan congratulated the organisers, the Community Relations Forum, Glengormley Chamber and Traders’ Association and the council, on “a great cultural event with great community involvement.”

For more information about the work of Antrim and Newtownabbey Street Pastors check out www.facebook.com/NewtownabbeyStreetPastors