Evesham Street Pastors evesham@streetpastors.org.uk

Who are Street Pastors?

Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.

Street Pastors was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now some 9000 trained volunteers in nearly 250 teams around the United Kingdom.

Each city project is set up by the Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and other local churches and community groups in partnership with Police, Council and other statutory agencies.

In a typical year, Street Pastors will:

Help bring calm to aggressive situations

  • Support vulnerable people on over 100 occasions
  • Give out 250 pairs of flip-flops to young women who are unable to walk in their high heels to prevent injury to their feet from broken glass
  • Give out bottles of water
  • Give blankets to people at risk of exposure/hypothermia
  • Clear away 1000 broken or discarded bottles or glass to remove potential weapons or sources of injury
  • Attend anti-social incidents

Police figures indicate that there will have been a statistically significant drop in the number of reported incidents on a Friday night during the time that Street Pastors have been on the streets.

Prayer Partners are also an essential part of the work both by praying on the night whilst the Street Pastors are out on the streets, but also sharing in prayer for the work of Street Pastors, Evesham town, its leaders and community.