OUR care for the most vulnerable among us defines who we really are, Pembroke Street Pastors stated at the group’s recent AGM at Pembroke Town hall.

Pembroke Street Pastors Coordinator Lyn Edwards said: "I have been very concerned over the last year at the amount of hidden homeless here in Pembrokeshire that do not appear in any statistics.

“Volunteering as a Pembroke Street Pastor and my involvement in various community groups has resulted in the knowledge of many young people sofa surfing and others of all ages camping out in bushes, garden sheds or derelict buildings and shop doorways.”

She added: “We have linked up with Homeless Pembrokeshire Facebook site where people across Pembrokeshire donate items such as toiletries, socks, hand warmers and gloves, disposable mugs, towels and pop up cups, food, sleeping bags, survival blankets and much more. An army of amazing people have also knitted hats, scarves and made sleeping mats by recycling plastic carrier bags.”

Her concern was echoed by former mayor Cllr Dennis Evans, who represents the town council on the Street Pastors’ Management Committee.

“We in Pembroke Town are very fortunate that we have such a dedicated group of people who willingly give up their time to ensure that the young people can go out and enjoy themselves with the knowledge that their safety is uppermost in the minds of the Street Pastors.

“I am pleased to report that the council think very highly of the work of the ‘Pastors and a recent funding application was unanimously approved by council. Survival packs, sleeping blankets have been made available in the town hall and the Street Pastors are asking the public that if they know of any rough sleepers to get in touch with them or contact the clerk in the town hall.”

At the recent meeting of the town council, members had heard that, during the snows of early March, five people had been sleeping rough in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock, some in their 60s.

Packs for rough sleepers may be obtained by messaging Pembroke Street Pastors on Facebook and packs have been placed in Pembroke Town Hall, The Foundry, Pembroke, and with Rev Nicky Skipworth in Pembroke Dock.