One volunteer told us that she works in the hope that there would be somebody there if one of her children needed help.
Sunderland street pastor, co-ordinator Colin Fozzard, says that the team works for the love of Sunderland and that they're now well known on the city's streets.
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Sunderland's Street pastors are volunteers who patrol the busiest areas in the city, trying to make sure everyone gets home safely. The hand out bottled water and organise taxis when people are struggling to get home.
The facility, run by St John's Ambulance and Sunderland City Council, is the first point of call for medical treatment, taking the pressure off paramedics and A&Es.
Love them or hate them, there is no way of escaping those Christmas songs that follow us round from shop to pub to radio station.
This year, two of the most famous songs turn 40 years old, and one of them has special significance this Christmas.
ITV News correspondent Andy Bevan has been chatting to the men behind the music.
The nightlife in Newcastle draws tourists from all over the country to its bars and clubs.
Keeping people safe while they're here is the main priority of a huge policing operation.
And it's what's going on behind the scenes, before the bars have even opened, that is making a difference.
As the city gears up for the Christmas party rush, Katie Oakes joined officers on patrol.
Hundreds of volunteers dressed as elves took part in a charity event at Northumberlandia today. The Elf Run wasraising money for the Cash for Kids charity. Their Mission Christmas campaign aims to help children living in poverty in the region.
A Christmas tree in the middle of Stockton has drawn huge criticism from people living in the area.
The 20ft tree was erected in Stockton last week and has been called a 'disgrace' and an 'embarrassment' by locals.
A Stockton Council spokesman said: "We're in the middle of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the High Street.
"The central and northern sections are quite literally a building site, so there's no room for our normal 40ft high Spruce, which will be back next year.
"In the interim, we've used the 20ft cone with illuminated snowflake designs rather than leave this part of the High Street bare.
"We're pleased to report that that extensive works have not put visitors off as thousands of spectators attended last week's launch of the Stockton Sparkles festival which was led by 1,500 children.
"We know that a traditional Christmas tree always makes a great centrepiece but there's so much more going on in Stockton throughout the Chrismas period including our 12-day Christmas market, ice sculpture, late-night shopping and street theatre with dance and musical performances.
"We would ask that our public bear with us this year and look forward to a traditional Christmas tree returning to a new-look Stockton High Street next year - we're sure it'll be worth the wait.
It might still be almost three months until Christmas, but George Richardson, from County Durham, is travelling to the Arctic Circle to collect another dozen reindeer to add to his herd.
He hires them out to schools, grottos and shopping centres over the festive period.
Derek Proud reports.