“Street Pastors is about Christians rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in practically responding to the problems of crime and safety. They are like beacons on our streets and I want to see them shining brightly in every constituency.”
David Burrowes, Patron of Ascension Trust
Shrewsbury Street Pastors now in its Eighth
Shrewsbury Street Pastors is a volunteer-based initiative with a mandate to be a tangible Christian influence in Shrewsbury.
The 37 Christian volunteers are drawn from 17 churches from 7 different denominations, and work in partnership with Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council, Team Shrewsbury and the West Mercia Police, known as “The Urban Trinity”.
A team of Street Pastors (consisting of 3 or 4 trained volunteers) patrols the town centre every Saturday (and the occasional Friday, Sunday and Wednesday), between the hours of 10.30pm. and 4 am (approx.) to help, care for and listen to those in difficulty without judgment or discrimination. A bottle of water for those who are dehydrated, a pair of flip-flops for those struggling to walk in high heels, a space blanket for those without a coat, a phone call to track down missing friends or arrange a taxi home, or simply a listening ear – all are part of a night’s work for a Street Pastor.
Since March 2018 we have had the use of a 3.5 tonne vehicle that has been donated by The Police and Crime Commissioner of West Mercia Police.
This vehicle is the Shrewsbury Street Pastors Triage Support vehicle, nicknamed ‘The Donkey’.
It has been used to support the work of our foot patrols out on the streets of Shrewsbury.
Our future aim is to use the vehicle for outreach, preventative work and promotional activities to raise the awareness of our charity’s objectives.
Street Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust, a registered charity in England & Wales, No. 1127204, Scotland, No. SC041912. Company Registration No. 06751712.
Ascension Trust is a charity, registered in England and Wales, no. 1127204, and company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 06751712. Registered address: Alpha House, 158 Garth Road , Morden, London, SM4 4TQ.
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