Street Pastors is an inter-denominational church response to urban problems, engaging with people out partying on Friday and Saturday nights to care, listen and dialogue. It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime and drunkenness in areas, including Derby, where teams have been working.
Started in February 2009, Derby Street Pastors is a partnership of local churches, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council, Derby City Centre Management, Derby Pub-watch, Derby Community Safety Partnership and The Ascension Trust. Street Pastors undergo 50 hours of training in first aid, youth culture, communication skills, drugs & alcohol and mental health. To view a presentation about Derby Street Pastors, click here.