Doncaster Street Pastors
We are part of the international Street Pastors network, dedicated to serving those out late at night on the streets of Doncaster. We are committed to bringing the love of Jesus in practical ways to those in need.
Our pastors aim to patrol the streets of central Doncaster in teams of three every Saturday night.
By caring, listening, and helping – through providing free flip-flops to ladies walking bare-foot, or water to those needing it, or giving first aid to the injured, or accompanying vulnerable people to safety, or simply listening to those who want to talk – we aim to keep the people of Doncaster safe when having a night out in town, and to share the love of Jesus with all whom we meet.
We do not go out to preach. We simply go out to help people be safe, and enjoy their night out
By mid 2023, in the twelve years since we started patrolling in December 2011, we have had contact with over seventeen-and-a-half thousand people and helped over eleven-and-a-half thousand.
For more information about Street Pastors in Doncaster, click on the “About Us” tab
Doncaster Street Pastors is a company limited by guarantee.
Registered in England, Company Number 07799218.
Registered Office: United Reformed Church, Ardeen Road, Doncaster, DN2 5EU
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Ensuring Doncaster city centre is safe at night in 2023
Doncaster Street Pastors are supporting Doncaster Council’s public health department with their initiative to provide a ‘safe space’ for people in the city centre’s night-time economy, using the RDaSH (Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust) health bus as a Safe Haven on some of the busiest times of the year.
The Safe Haven is particularly aimed at ‘revellers’ who get into a tangle, at reducing vulnerable situations, and at offering some brief advice if people are able to take it in.
Volunteers from Doncaster Street Pastors joined other volunteers to staff the bus on the Sunday nights of the two bank holiday
week-ends in May 2023.
The Street Pastors were able to use their radios to notify all venues in the city centre so that they were aware of the presence of the Safe Haven bus. Although they gave out flip-flops, and a few bottles of water, most of the interactions were conversations with passers-by, many of whom wanted more information about the purpose of the Safe Haven.
One of two gentlemen who came and sat on the bus simply said that they wanted to decompress. As one of the Street Pastors spoke with them, one said that he was in a bad way mentally. They both expressed their thanks, saying that sitting and talking was a big help. This typifies the value of the provision of a Safe Haven in Doncaster
The Safe Haven bus will operate again on the bank-holiday Sunday 27th August and on 14th September, which is Ladies Day of the St Leger Festival, when it will be valuable as a preventative measure on these upcoming and potentially busy nights.
Future dates are to be planned for other busy times of the year, notably around Christmas and the New Year.
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From Our Blog
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