Street Pastors was pioneered in London in 2003 by Les Isaac.
On that first night, 18 volunteers took to the streets of Brixton – 15 women and 3 men.
Street Pastors have trained over 12,000 street pastors, who play an active part in more than 270 towns and cities around the UK. When you add prayer pastors, management teams and trustees, this means that there are over 20,000 volunteers in total associated with the Street Pastors network.
There are also a growing number of Street Pastors teams overseas.
Street Pastors engage with people on the streets to care for them, listen to them and help them. They work together with other partners in the night-time economy to make communities safer.
Each city project is set up by Ascension Trust, which is the governing body behind Street Pastors, and run by a local coordinator with support from local churches and community groups, in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.
“Street Pastors is about Christians rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in practically responding to the problems of crime and safety. They are like beacons on our streets and I want to see them shining brightly in every constituency.”
David Burrowes MP, Patron of Street Pastors
To find out more about Street Pastors, visit their website by clicking here.