Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now some 9000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams around the United Kingdom.
Each city project is set up by Ascension Trust and is run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and local churches and community groups, in partnership with Police, Council and other statutory agencies.
Applications from volunteers are currently being screened and training will start soon, with a view to starting work after Easter. Initially they will be out in the town centre on Saturday nights. Once established, it would be wonderful if we train a further cohort to cover a second night each week.
The work complements NightLight, which continues to operate from 11pm on Friday nights outside All Saints'.