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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Shrewsbury Street Pastors. We have many ways you can join us in helping to build a safer Shrewsbury. You could become:

  • a Street Pastor
  • a Support Vehicle Driver (affectionately known as “Donkey Driver”)
  • a Support Vehicle Volunteer (“Donkey Buddy”)
  • a Prayer Pastor
  • a Prayer Supporter
  • a Friend of Shrewsbury Street Pastors.
  • a HQ Volunteer – helping with admin etc.

Each volunteering opportunity is completely different and has different requirements. Please look below to see which would suit you best.

Street Pastors

The Street Pastors patrol on Fridays (10pm – 1am) and Saturdays (10pm – 4am), working with the door staff, police and CCTV to offer help where needed. All the Street Pastors are members of local churches and are committed to keeping the streets of Shrewsbury safe by patrolling the town, offering a helping hand to anyone in need, eg calling a taxi or in some cases performing a river rescue.

To become a Street Pastor, you will need:

  • to have been a member of a church for at least six months
  • two references, one from church, one personal
  • to undergo an advanced DBS check for children and adult workforces
  • to agree to complete 46 hours of training within the first 18 months
  • to go on a night patrol once or twice a month for two years

Support Vehicle Driver (“Donkey Driver”)

Anyone who wants to support the Street Pastors can be a Donkey Driver. Their main roles include driving the vehicle on patrol nights and taking vulnerable people home when necessary. They are responsible for the safety of everyone in the vehicle.

To become a Donkey Driver, you will need to:

  • have a standard driving licence
  • be over 30 years old
  • undertake a supervised drive
  • an advanced DBS check for children and adult workforces
  • two references
  • attend specific training as necessary e.g. First Aid & Rver Rescue

 

Support Vehicle Volunteer “Donkey Buddy”

The Donkey Buddies are a team of volunteers who want to help the Street Pastors but cannot become Street Pastors for various reasons, they remain on the vehicle and assist when called for by the Police, the club door staff, CCTV or the Street Pastor leader. They will be trained in how to handle the different situations they will encounter including First Aid, Safe Guarding and Listening Skills.

To become a Donkey Buddy, you will need:

  • two references
  • an advanced DBS check for children and adult workforces
  • to carry out the training offered by Street Pastors
  • to agree to patrol once or twice a month

Prayer Pastor

Prayer Pastors work alongside Street Pastors by providing prayer support the whole time the Street Pastors are out on patrol. They will pray with the Street Pastors before they go out, pray for them when they go out and again when they return. They will be able to stay in contact with the patrol and vehicle via mobile phone so as to pray for specific things happening on the streets

To become a Prayer Pastor, you will need:

  • to be a member of a church for six months
  • two references, one from church, one personal
  • to be available to work alongside Street Pastor patrols

 

Prayer Supporter

A Prayer Supporter helps our Street Pastors by coming to lead prayer at the start of each patrol, often bringing a scripture or something God has given them to share with the team. This will take place in the office before the Street Pastors go out on patrol.

To become a Prayer Supporter, you will need:

  • to agree to serve on a prayer rota possible once every couple months.

 

Friends of Shrewsbury Street Pastors

The Friends of Shrewsbury Street Pastors will help with various aspects of the charities work. Such as plan events to raise awareness of the charity and help raise money to fund the work we do. Currently a Friend of Street Pastors could be asked to help plan, attend and support fundraising and awareness events.

To become a Friend of Shrewsbury Street Pastors you will need to:

  • have time to commit yourself to the charity
  • an outgoing personality is an advantage but not a requirement
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • a willingness to help as necessary