Manchester City Centre Street Pastors
Manchester City Centre Street Pastors. Caring, listening and helping vulnerable people in our City Centre. Supported by many, including The Big Lottery.
Street Pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol the streets of cities, towns and villages across the UK. Started by Rev Les Isaac, director of the Ascension Trust in 2003 in one area of London, there are now teams in over 270 locations and over 12,000 volunteers have been trained. Street Pastors engage with people on the streets to care, listen and help. They work together with local Police, Councils and other partners to ensure the welfare of people participating in the night-time economy.
In Manchester Street Pastors began in 2004, patrolling in the Moss Side area. There are now teams in ten areas across Greater Manchester.
One of these teams works in the City Centre where 100,000 people come every weekend to enjoy themselves. While most do so without any problems, a number suffer injury, or are victims of crime. Others simply need a bit of help to find their friends, or a taxi home, or someone to talk to. For all these and more, Street Pastors are there to serve and help. Why? Because they follow someone who said: "Love your neighbour as you love yourself."