“Making a Difference in the Lives of People”. Working with the Third Sector Pastor Aran Richardson Riverside Church - Exeter. Presentation Outline. Intro: How Third Sector Agencies can make a difference A Brief History of Street Pastors Identifying a Need for a Street Pastors Project
Working with the Third Sector
Pastor Aran Richardson
Riverside Church - Exeter
Intro: How Third Sector Agencies can make a difference
A Brief History of Street Pastors
Identifying a Need for a Street Pastors Project
What is a Local Street Pastors Project (LSPP)
What Impact does a LSPP Project have on the Community
Why partnering with Statutory Agencies is essential for progress
The benefits of Community Partnerships
A Brief History of Street Pastors
2003 - 2009
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
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 many young people who feel excluded by society. Street Pastors takes practical hope to the pavement for these individuals.”
Director, Micah Challenge International
Started in London in 2003
Now in over 150 UK Locations
40 New Projects are being coming on line
Over 4000 Individual Street Pastors deployed
South West deploy over 400 Street Pastors
East of England
Blackburn and Darwen
North of England
Locations in preparation
Locations in Preparation
18 months ago there were no Street Pastor locations in Devon & Cornwall
Next Year there could be 25 projects up and running.
Wantage and Grove
Epson & Ewell
Fairoak and Horton Heath
Isle of Wight
South of England
Locations Up and Running:
Torbay, Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Camborne, Bideford, Exeter, Totnes and Barnstaple
Locations who have Started Training:
Newquay, Falmouth, Tiverton, Tavistock and St Austell
Locations with Partnership Agreements
Newton Abbot, Truro, Bodmin, Bude
Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Crediton, Cullompton, Seaton and Sidmouth, Honiton, Looe
Identifying a Need for Street Pastors
Working in Partnership
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Exeter City Council – CDRP
Licensing & Licensees
There is a need for the youngsters to talk – we are there to listen, care and help, not to preach, just like the Good Samaritan...
Young women who become very vulnerable when they are so drunk
Ringing home for 15 year olds
The Teams are using their First Aid skills and equipment
What is a Local Street Pastors Project?
Walking the Streets
Teams of 4 Christians in Uniform + Equipment Bag
Carrying a wireless radio handset connected to CCTV
Connected to a Prayer Pastor Team Base HQ by Mobile
Served by a Team Co-ordinator
Works Once a Month
10pm – 4am
Friday or Saturday Nights
Youth and Education initiatives
Knowing your community
The Impact of Street Pastors
What Positive Difference are the Street Pastors making in the South West?
Take some of the pressure off the Emergency Services. We have time they don’t have.
Street Pastor Initiatives lead to a fall in street crime rate.
The town becomes a safer place
Glasses or bottles from the street so they cannot be used as weapons in fights or trodden on by bare feet!
We can phone home for help
Standing in the Gap
DCC Tony Melville of Devon & Cornwall Constabulary reported a reductions of violent crime by 25%, No robberies, 1/5 less burglaries, Vehicle crime down 25%
Chief Insp. Diana Boyles of Hampshire Constabulary reported a responsibility for 5 Divisions, 1 of whom was represented with a LSPP. Crime and antisocial behaviour reduced by 6% across the 4 areas without LSPP but the reduction in Fair Oak was 22% which was 16% above the other areas. She is now bringing in SP across all 5 areas.