“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
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now over 100 teams around the United Kingdom.
Each city project is set up by Ascension Trust and run by a local coordinator with support from Ascension Trust and local churches and community groups, in partnership with Police, Council and other statutory agencies.
In Leicester, the project was initiated by the Urban Canon and colleagues from Churches Together in Leicester City Centre. There are currently two groups of Street Pastors in the city, one in the City Centre and one in Westcotes. There are also groups throughout the county of Leicestershire from Barwell to Melton Mowbray and Ashby to Market Harborough.