Admiral sponsors Cardiff Street Pastors

With rugby internationals taking place in Cardiff this weekend and next, Admiral and Cardiff Street Pastors have joined forces with the WRU to highlight the importance of staying safe during nights out in Cardiff City Centre.

It is the second year local employer Admiral has supported Street Pastors, a voluntary organisation which makes sure Cardiff's weekend revellers are safe on nights out in the city.

Street Pastor volunteers walk the streets of Cardiff City Centre on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 10pm and 4am providing support with bottles of water, flip-flops to stop young girls walking around bare foot and a friendly ear to those who are the worse for wear.

Admiral People Services manager, Ceri Assiratti said, "With the two international games coming up, Cardiff is going to be bustling with partygoers and we wanted to shout about the fantastic work Street Pastors do looking after those enjoying Cardiff's nightlife.

"As a local business, we employ many young people and a lot of them will be out supporting Wales over the coming weekends. We want them to be safe and believe the work Street Pastors carries out in the City Centre should be supported."

Director of Cardiff Street Pastors, Gary Smith said, "For our team to have Admiral as one of our main sponsors connects us even closer to the Wales team which is very exciting for our volunteers, who really look forward to volunteering for RBS 6 Nations weekends.

"They are exciting times and we will all be cheering for Wales, however, we also do see an increased need for the support we are able to provide. Some people will become vulnerable through drinking too much, arguments can happen and occasionally we meet people who are lost, separated from friends or lonely.

"Street Pastors are able to help sober them up, connect them with their mates, get them into a taxi or simply spend time with them."

Chief Superintendent Alun Thomas, divisional commander for Cardiff, said: "Having a team of trained volunteers to work in Cardiff in support of those who may be vulnerable or who need practical assistance is very welcome.

"I would like to thank those who are giving up their own time to do this and as always look forward to seeing them on our streets alongside our police officers over this busy Six Nations period.

"The Street Pastors do a fantastic job and are a vital part of the partnership work that helps reduce crime and keep the streets of Cardiff safe."

The Street Pastors scheme was launched in Cardiff in November 2008 having already been established in 60 other towns and cities in the UK and 26 London Boroughs.