WHAT’S A STREET PASTOR?

A Street Pastor is someone with a concern for society - in particular young people who feel themselves to be excluded and marginalised - and who is willing to engage people where they are in terms of their thinking and their perspective of life and in their location whether it is on the streets, in the pubs and clubs or at parties.

Street Pastors will also be willing to work with fellow activists, church and community leaders, and with agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary, to look at collaborative ways of working on issues affecting youth, and initiatives that will build trust between them and the Street Pastors.

As the Street Pastor gets to know people in the community we will find out their needs are and what can be done to help. A presence of Street Pastors will earn credibility in the community, so that people know that the Church is there for them in a practical way. The role is not about preaching heaven and hell, but one of listening, caring and helping - working in an unconditional way.

Facts about Street Pastors

- 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.

- Each city project is set up by Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and local churches and community groups, police and local government agencies.

- Since it's beginning in 2003 Street Pastors has grown rapidly. There are now over 60 Street Pastor projects around the United Kingdom.

Street Pastors UK - The homesite of Street Pastors UK where you can get more information on the work of Ascension Trust. http://www.streetpastors.co.uk

Street Pastors Crawley partners with a number of other local charities and organisations including Street360 (www.street360.org.uk)