The first Street Angels project on the Mediterranean launched this weekend in Santa Ponca, Majorca.
They began quietly without any fanfare, trying to help anyone they could and generally being a positive, sober, presence on the streets.
With a team of 24 volunteers from around the Calvia and Palma districts, they intend to be on patrol every Friday / Saturday night throughout the summer, taking the practical love of Jesus onto the streets.
At the request of the Chief of police for Calvia, Señor Navarro, they have started in Santa Ponca with the aim of preparing and training volunteers for future deployment in Magaluf.
Street Angels was launched in the UK seven years ago and is now operating in one hundred and twenty cities. The majority of these projects have seen a significant reduction in violent crime and it is hoped that it will have an equally big impact in Mallorca.
Paul and Jean Blakey, who started Street Angels in the UK seven years ago, joined them for their first weekend. Paul Blakey MBE commented,
“It was great to join with the amazing team of volunteers who are committed to seeing the communities of Santa Ponca and Magaluf become safer and more appealing to a wider range of people. It was also great to see the respect and support of those working in Santa Ponca, and the weekend was a great start to what will doubtless be a productive summer’ s work!”
Coordinator of Street Angels Mallorca, Cameron Springthorpe, commented:
"This was a fantastic start to our plans for the summer, and every volunteer is excited about both the positive reception we had and the opportunity to make a difference."
It is hoped that the Santa Ponca / Magaluf project will become a blueprint for work in other European holiday resorts in future years.
Street Angels Mallorca are still looking for more volunteers so if you have a desire to make a difference in your community and are in agreement with the basics of the Christian faith you can complete an application form on the website www.StreetAngels.es or www.facebook.com/StreetAngelsSpain
Pictures below - Friday 14th June's volunteers (first night) and Saturday 15th June's volunteers (second night)