Dover Street Pastors
Dover Street Pastors Initiative is a registered charity (No 1145537) and has small teams of trained volunteers that patrol the streets of our town on Friday and Saturday Nights, between either 9pm and 2am or 10pm and 3am , listening caring and helping anyone that we meet.
We carry first aid kits, bottled water, lollipops which have proven to be good argument stoppers as well as sugar top ups, flip-flops which prevent to cut feet/ injured ankles when high heels become painful or difficult for the wearer, hot drinks and thermal blankets.
We engage with people where they are and help in any way we can sometimes recharging phones or making calls for stranded individuals. We also often take food, hot drinks or blankets to rough sleepers and we remove any discarded bottles/glasses left in the street, clearing up any broken glass.
We generally have teams of four Street Pastors and two Prayer Pastors who work on a four-week rotation meeting at around 8.30 or 9.30pm at a regular base where the Prayer Pastors remain while the Street Pastors go out on patrol. Prayer Pastors are an essential part of the team and we won’t go out on patrol without them. The minimum number of Street Pastors for the patrol to go ahead is three.
In 2017 we provided more than 2200 volunteer hours, picked up approx. 360 bottles/glasses, gave out over 100 bottles of water, 14 thermal blankets and had significant contact with over 900 people.
We work in partnership with Kent Police, Dover District Council, Dover Community Safety Partnership, Dover Outreach Centre and other relevant organisations.