Newry Knights search for local volunteers

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Monday, March 16th, 2015
Community, What's On
The Salvation Army in Newry are continuing their ongoing search for volunteers for their Newry Knights community teams. The teams, which operate each Saturday night between 11.30pm and around 4am, offer support and practical assistance to people of all ages finding themselves vulnerable or in distress. Newry Knights, which made its’ first appearance on 6th December last year, has proved to be an asset for the many people who have been appreciative of their support since that time. Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures and life-styles, and are all aged over 18 years of age. The man behind the initiative, Major John Parrott of the Salvation Army said, “People are coming to us for help on the streets because there is a trust and an acknowledgement that help is needed. “The help we offer can range from the offering of flip flops for barefooted females, help in getting home saftely or listening to the angrier moments of a night out. “Newry Knights are a voluntary and bear no affiliation with any statutory agency, we are not a replacement for the Street Wardens, and don’t work in liaison with the PSNI or others, they simply themselves as Good Samaritans when things go wrong. “To support our teams on the street we would also like to recruit a specific team of volunteers to help in our Hospitality suite located in the McGrath Centre. This may be a suitable way for people not able to work on the streets to participate in the initiative, and play a vital role to Newry Knights. John added, “Anyone interested in lending a hand can get in touch with me via our Facebook page (click HERE), or by calling into the Salvation Army on Margaret Street Newry, and have a chat over a cup of tea.”

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