Meeting just before 10pm at Church Hall, the first thing - get the kettle on and catch up on a few things. Then we get the backpack prepared, flip flops, space blankets, water and chocolate, making sure first aid kit is stocked up. We have a debrief before going out - any concerns from police / council. About 10pm - get ready to go, make sure wrapped up. The group leader signs in via pub - watch radio and we head down to Town Centre During the night the team deal with many events including:

         

Glass Bottles / Glasses

  • Picking up glass bottles / glasses and depositing into bins - these could be used as a potential weapons during fights, removing them from the streets helps to keep the area safer

Flip Flops

  • Ladies - those high heels can start to hurt after a while when on a night out, true? Quite often we see ladies walking around in bare foot along the street. Unfortunately there is a lot of items on the streets which they can step on including small bits of broken glass.  We can provide Flip Flops to keep you feet safe, plus they are free.

Basic First Aid

  • We carry a basic aid kit while out and all members are trained in basic first aid skills. We can deal with cuts and sprains. For more serious injuries we can deal with basic treatment and call for emergency services. We can also deal with other medical emergencies and wait with them until the emergency services arrive.

Bottles of Water / Intoxication

  • We can provide bottles of water for people who are slightly intoxicated. For those who are slightly more intoxicated we can wait with them to assess their situation / health, maybe require emergency services if necessary.

Space Blankets

  • The temperatures during the night for most of the year can be cold. Alcohol can affect the body temperature by reducing it. During cold nights this could lead to Hypothermia, which if not treated can become worse. We can provide space blankets - which are a reflective material (as used by runners) which reflect body heat back.

Vulnerable People

  • Sometimes people can become separated from friends on a night out, we can assist by staying with them until they either find their friends or in a taxi queue to get them home safely. We also chat with homeless people, check if they need any assistance or help. 

Homeless

  • We also chat with homeless people, check if they need any assistance or help. We can give them water, space blanket and chocolate. If they require any specific needs we can pass the information on to South Tyneside Council and other agencies for advice.

General Chat / Information

  • As we walk around we chat to so many different people - door staff, police, taxi drivers, business people and general public. We get asked a lot of questions, which we try to answer and we are asked for information.