VOLUNTEERS have shone a torch on their work offering a helping hand to revellers in Carmarthen.
The Nightlight team features in the latest Dyfed-Powys Police's Operation Safe and Nice to All (Op SANTA) advent calendar, which were opened every day leading up to Christmas on the social media channels.
Street team leader Neil Duquemin and Steering Committee member Reverend Flis Randall have spoken about the reasons they volunteer with church-run Nightlight.
"I first got involved when my church was asked to get on board with a steering group to set up Nightlight," Mr Duquemin said.
"I wanted to be part of the team out on the street as I wanted to give something back, to be able to help and be part of our community.
They can be found from 11pm in the town centre, "Our roles are varied, from handing out water, flip flops and lollipops, to picking up bottles and glasses that have been left on the floor, and offering basic first aid, for example if someone has cut themselves on a piece of glass."
Both Mr Duquemin and Rev Randall said that parents would be reassured to know there are people keeping an eye on youngsters out in town.
"One of my main reasons for volunteering is that if there is a mum or dad at home wondering if their child is ok, it's not just the police or door staff, but someone independent keeping an eye out," Mr Duquemin said.
Rev Randall added: "I'm very glad to know there are people on the streets of Carmarthen should one of my children be in need. We have helped a lot of young people."
Nightlight generally receive positive reactions, Mr Duquemin said, with people they help often thanking them later.
"We do get people who will contact us on Facebook or the following weekend and say thank you for rescuing them," he said.
The team is run by volunteers and organisers are always happy to hear from people who would like to help out.
"We do need volunteers and we are very grateful if people want to get involved – just come and have a word with us if you'd like to find out more."
The Nightlight team can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout December Dyfed-Powys Police is offering advice on how to enjoy Christmas safely.
For a daily dose of crime prevention advice, a behind the scenes look at policing during Christmas and a bit of festive fun, look out for their #OpSanta advent calendar at www.facebook.com/DPPPolice or @DyfedPowys on Twitter.
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