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What We Do

In Southampton our 120 volunteers are committed to the following initiatives:

  • Night-time Patrols – We send out patrols into the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights from about 10:30pm to 4 am.
  • Millbrook Community – We send out patrols into the Millbrook and Lordshill areas on a Saturday evening.
  • Schools – We cover Cantell and Upper Shirley High Schools on a Wednesday afternoon and Redbridge Community School on a Friday during the time the children are vacating school.

In whatever context, street pastors offer reassurance, safety and support through listening, caring and helping. We are a tool for the local churches to help project God’s love into the city and we also work closely together with other partners to make Southampton a safer place.

In Southampton Street Pastors we are committed to targeted prayer. Our simple philosophy is that we do not deploy Street Pastors, in any capacity, unless they are backed up by dedicated prayer from our Prayer Pastors who are contactable in real time.

We are well known for providing girls with flip flops whilst out on patrol. The reason for this is to safeguard their feet from being injured. We also pick up empty bottles (nearly a metric tonne a year) which prevents them from being used as weapons. For those of you that like statistics (and who doesn’t), enjoy…

We have been in existence for very nearly 10 years. In that time Southampton Street Pastors has provided 51,000 hours of volunteering which equates to –

• 283 ambulances called
• 43,136 bottles collected (so they can’t be used as weapons – over a tonne annually)
• 4,619 occasions when broken glass has been swept up (to prevent those barefoot from stepping on broken glass)
• 5,690 flip-flops provided (to enable those barefoot to walk home safely)
• 1,522 Space Blankets (used to preserve peoples modesty and keep them warm)
• 1,080 people cleaned up after vomiting
• 10,578 hot chocolates dispensed, mainly to those rough sleeping
• 697 people given first aid
• 3,858 people provided with water
• 2,232 people looked after who were intoxicated through alcohol/drugs
• 437 individuals looked after who were alone and intoxicated through alcohol/drugs
• 1,095 individuals looked after who were distressed and vulnerable.

We have now been sending out Community patrols in the Millbrook / Lordshill areas for the last few years. These have been very well received by the local residents and our partners. The patrols are usually deployed between 6:15 pm to 10 pm.

We carry a variety of equipment to assist people who maybe feeling vulnerable, don’t want to be on their own, in need of first aid, a mobile phone charge, lost, ensure how to get home, struggling to keep warm, or maybe you just need a listening ear from someone who is not going to judge you.

We have many opportunities to share God’s love in both practical ways and also spiritually by way of praying with people, provision of bibles and affirm individuals with God’s word.

We would also like to thank Southampton Quaker’s who allow us to use their Friends Meeting House as our Safe Space.

“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 MP, Patron of Street Pastors