THE achievements of a couple who established a group to help people in distress after a late night out in Torbay have been recognised officially.
A special event was held to mark the end of Ros Ede's role as local Street Pastor co-ordinator after she — with the support of husband Roger — established the pastors in Torbay back in 2007.
Ros will remain a Street Pastor but is moving on to new projects with Roger and has handed the baton of local co-ordinator to Trevor Staveley.
Torbay's Street Pastors are a faith based volunteer group who give their time during the very late and early hours of Fridays and Saturdays to help and support anyone who finds themselves vulnerable in the busy area of Torquay harbourside.
The Street Pastors also provide support in Paignton and Brixham. There are now 86 Street Pastors.
Cllr Robert Excell, Torbay Council's executive lead for safer communities, said: "It's so important to recognise and thank people from our local communities who volunteer to help others.
"The Street Pastors are a valuable asset within our night time economy — supporting those in need and working closely with agencies like Torbay Council and Devon and Cornwall police.
"The Street Pastors are an established part of our night-time landscape, helping to create a safer and more enjoyable experience for residents and visitors."
Insp Louise Costin, of Torquay police, said: "For a number of years the pastors have been supporting those who for a whole range of reasons have found themselves vulnerable within Torbay's night time economy. Sometimes that could be a case of an individual needing to talk to someone, someone who has had too much to drink, it may be someone who has lost their friends or can't get home or it may be someone who has not got a home to go to.
"Where appropriate, the police will signpost individuals to the pastors which then frees up officers to be able to deal with other issues.
"This way of working enables the police to focus their resources where they are needed the most, while at the same time ensuring vulnerable individuals are given help and support."
The event which was held as a surprise for Ros and Roger Ede was arranged by Safer Communities Torbay and attendees included Torbay mayor Gordon Oliver and Tony Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner.