President Frances welcomed members and guests to the November meeting at which speaker was Brian Harrison from Street Pastors, Aberdeen. He represents an interdenominational group of trained volunteers who work in groups on Friday and Saturday evenings in Aberdeen. When most of us are preparing to sleep they set off down Union Street to help, care and listen to people under the influence of drugs or alcohol who are in any form of distress. They provide basic support (eg bottled water) to help people sober up, flip flops for those with sore feet, and warm hats or gloves to those in danger of hypothermia. They help to diffuse tensions and aggression, provide basic first aid and work with the police to support the vulnerable.
They spend time chatting to people about many different issues. The scheme, which has been in operation for six years, is now being rolled out to schools, shopping centres and to many more towns and cities across Scotland.
President Frances proposed thanks. Club members have helped fill five backpacks for Mary’s meals, a charity which supports children in education with a hot cooked meal everyday. They have also helped sew together knitted squares for blankets , which along with baby clothes, are now en route to Romania.
Plans are in hand to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the formation of Inner Wheel in January 2014.