In November 2016, the Pillgwenlly area of Newport was the centre of violent disturbances. Drug dealing and prostitution have been problems for many years and this reached a climax in November 2016 when riots were reported and police patrols were increased to ensure public safety. Although increased patrols are working, these are a short-term solution, and more needs to be done to reach out to those trapped in a chaotic lifestyle of drug addiction, offending behaviour and prostitution.
As an organisation with a Christian ethos, we believe we have the answer for communities in Newport that have been blighted by crime, drugs, alcohol and prostitution. We aim to combat the drugs epidemic in Newport by going into neighbourhoods to engage with those who find themselves trapped in a chaotic lifestyle.
Eden Gate’s vision for Street Contact is to use a mobile trailer that can be used to target communities and estates around Newport. Initially, the project would be a pilot for 12 months. The trailer will taken to the appropriate area one evening a week and parked up in a fixed location. The project will have a Team Leader and be manned by volunteers sourced from local churches and the community. Follow up work will be completed by Eden Gate staff during normal office hours.
Our aim is to build trust and break down barriers with young people to be able to educate them about the dangers of drugs/alcohol, criminal offending and homelessness. In the Pillgwenlly area the initial aim would be the same but with the further specific aim of ‘connecting’ those who we meet into a supportive community, to signpost people to relevant support agencies and to help them break free from a life of misery. Wherever possible we aim to work with people to access rehabilitation centres around the UK. The project aims to address specific needs identified for the neighbourhood.