Street Pastors...

Are over 18 (no upper age limit), male or female.

Have been a part of a church for the past year

Can commit to 12 training Saturdays in year 1.

Are in a team going out one night a month. (min)

Contribute £300 to training and uniform cost.

Be 1 of  the twelve!















Street Pastors are Christian volunteers from local congregations who have a concern for their communities. After training, teams go out at night to engage with people where they are, on their ground and on their terms.
The Street Pastors' main role is to make themselves available to listen, care, support and help people, especially young people, to feel safe in their neighbourhoods or night-time venues and give assistance when needed.
They work holistically and equally with all people of all faiths and none. Though the Christian faith is at the heart of what they do and why they do it, it is not at the forefront of what they say: Street Pastors are not about preaching but practical demonstration of the love of God.


The 21st century has thrown up challenges both to the Church and to society, with a growth in anti-social behaviour, the breakdown of the family and young people feeling disenfranchised and marginalised from society.
We hear a lot about gangs, but the three biggest in any area are the local Council the Police and the Church - what we have dubbed the 'Urban Trinity'. Working in partnership, these three have collective resources and influence to make a positive difference. For its part the Church through Street Pastors is mobilising 'good gangs' of  committed and assionate volunteers.
Though the Church is engaged in a number of positive activities, these are often unseen by most people or are the sort of thing they expect the church to be involved in. Street Pastors is a clearly visible presence of the Church in action on the street that speaks of the love of God in practical actions rather than words.
The Street Pastors initiative began in 2003 and is now in over 60 locations around the United Kingdom. The teams have enjoyed an almost universally positive reception from the communities and among the people where they work. Time and again what impresses them the most is that the Street Pastors are doing this work as volunteers and "don't get paid for it!" The visible presence of Street Pastors has been shown through Police statistics and research to be a reassuring one to the community in general and has helped reduce crime and the fear of crime. This has gained Street Pastors national approval and support from the Police and other statutory organisations.


Alongside the weekly impact teams make within the community, there are many felt benefits and by-products of setting up a Street Pastors team in your area.
• Street Pastors has got local churches working together at leadership and congregational levels. Unlike many initiatives, Street Pastors has a sustainable ongoing presence through its use of volunteers, a reflection of the long-term presence of the Church. Communities are looking for continuity and become disillusioned by many projects and schemes that have to end when funding runs out.
• Compared with a typical week long one-off church mission, which takes a lot of organising and finance; Street Pastors has a rolling longterm programme at a fraction of the cost.
• Street Pastors has given local churches that are involved enhanced credibility within local communities and greater working access to and relationship with local Government and Police.
• Although Street Pastors is not overtly evangelistic, individual team members regularly have opportunities to share their faith in response to questions from those they are working with bringing up the subject of God and Christian issues.
• The goal of Street Pastors is not only to see individual lives improve but whole communities.


Local Street Pastors Coordinator
Rod Readhead: 01539 721023