Nite Lite, the non-denominational group of volunteers based at the Robert Hall Baptist Church on Narborough Road, have just celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a party for fifty helpers.
Originally set up by Rev Jenny Few with the aim of supporting Narborough Road Street Pastors on their Friday night patrols, Nite Lite offers refuge and help to many wandering the streets in the early hours of a Saturday morning.
Co-ordinator Frances Speake says she's amazed at the number of times they've been in the right place at the right time and managed to keep people safe: 'We've helped people who've had too much to drink, falling off the pavement, have been invited to come in and sober up; girls who thought they were being followed have come in and we've provided a space for lonely middle aged or older men to meet and enjoy each others' company'.
Over the last decade Nite lite has helped make Narborough Road a safer place but it can be far from quiet. They will phone for the police or an ambulance if necessary; on one occasion for a girl attacked at a nearby cashpoint, for a man in a wheelchair who was mauled by a dog and another whose partner had stabbed him in the foot with a pair of scissors.
Nite Lite provides more than a listening ear. One of the problems with Narborough Road, especially after closing time, is the lack of a public toilet in the area, so pub goers on the trek home can pop in & the homeless can enjoy a cup of hot soup, a bite to eat and get warm or even a new pair of sock if they need them.
Nite Lite - 10 years old and still shining brightly!