Although the council has decided they cannot officially endorse the project, (at this stage) I was able this week to meet with the Chief of Police for Calvia district, Jose Antonio Navarro.
He was very enthusiastic and is totally on board with the project and will do all he can to help it be a success!
Firstly, he will arrange a meeting for us with all his night time police officers to introduce us to one another.
Secondly, he will provide training in ‘Working with the police’ and ‘Conflict management’.
He is very keen for it to be a success and also to be setup in such a way that it can be an example for other cities in the future!
To have such a positive connection with someone in his position, is without doubt the result of all the prayer that has gone into this and we are very excited by the opportunities this will provide.
Training in Santa Ponsa!
Senor Navarro, (the Chief of Police) has asked us to begin the project in Santa Ponsa, and to use this as our training area, working out our procedures and developing a working relationship with the police, then in due course to move over to Magaluf.
We have agreed with this as the benefits of establishing this connection will be very worthwhile. Also we see the wisdom, in terms of allowing us to get up to speed as a team in a slightly more relaxed environment, before moving over to Magaluf.
The vision has not changed! Magaluf is the goal and it is fully where we intend to be working, however it is true that Santa Ponsa has similar needs and we are excited to learn there, and see how we can help before moving over to Magaluf.
We have not set a time scale for this training period, it may be a couple of months and it may even be the first season, but until we are up and running and find out what we need to learn, and see how we are received we can’t tell.
Our only concern with this change is that we don’t want to offer help in Santa Ponsa, and then just abandon it for Magaluf, and we are not 100% sure how this will develop. Perhaps there will be enough volunteers to enable us to cover both in due course, or perhaps we will find the needs are not great enough to warrant our staying, either way we know that God will make it clear the next step as we listen to Him.
First Aid Training to be provided by Juaneda
Juaneda Medical Centre, have offered to provide us with first aid training for everyone, we are waiting to hear what dates they can run the courses, but this is great news!
Also they are considering how they can help in other ways, and I am continuing to discuss this with them, so please pray for these meetings….
27th April @ 19:00 - The first Street Angels Get Together!
We are going to hold our first meeting to discuss training plans, share coffee and biscuits, and get to know one another on the 27th April at 1900 at the Upper Room Church in Magaluf.
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Please mark this in your calendar, sorry we haven’t been able to give more notice but we have been waiting for these meetings to occur to help us plan.
Whether you have decided 100% or not to join us, it doesn't matter, please come along, this is a great opportunity to meet everyone and to see how you can be involved.
We are so excited! We can't wait to get together and encourage one another, this summer is going to be great!
Spread the word, bring a friend and don't be late :)
God bless you all from the Street Angels Team