Manchester Incident – Public Reassurance

Dear Colleague, Following last night’s incident in Manchester, this email provides an update on reassurance and engagement activity that is being carried out in London by the MPS. A key element of our strategy is to provide public reassurance: Borough police are leading on this across London engaging with their local stakeholders and through their local networks – providing support and reassurance to vulnerable communities, with the business community, schools and faith premises Officers will be carrying out additional patrols at certain locations, such as transport hubs, places of worship, school routes and tourist locations We are working with venues and premises to provide advice to those holding events Safer Schools officers will be reaching out and available to reassure pupils and answer questions they have Overall in London the public can expect to see an increased number of officers on duty – both armed and unarmed. This will include Special Constables providing additional visible presence over the next few days   Building community cohesion is an important as we look to mitigate the impact of any hate speech: As well as reaching out to reassure local partners and communities, local police are actively monitoring community tensions We encourage people to report any hate crime to police. The message remains as it always has been; we will not tolerate hate crime and will investigate all reports that are made to us #WeStandTogether has been trending highly this morning   The public are encouraged to remain vigilant: If the public see something suspicious we ask them to ACT. Action Counters Terrorism; report anything you’ve heard that could identify a terrorist...

Terrorist Attack in Manchester

Following the attack in Manchester Last night, Ascension Trust has liaised with teams of Response Pastors who are currently deployed in Manchester.  Mike Freeman, the National Response Pastor Coordinator has travelled to Manchester where he has been joined by a number of response pastors who will work in partnership with the police, emergency services and other community groups in supporting those who are affected. There is a Special Service being held in Albert Square at 6pm today which will be attended by the Response Pastors as well as street pastor local...

Street Pastor New Year’s Eve London Patrol 2016.

As you know, we patrol every year in London on New Years Eve. Please see the link below which I thought you may find useful to show your supporters or for presentation purposes. It is a short film of that patrol, along with interviews with Les Isaac and others. Street Pastors’ New Year’s Eve 2016 Central London Patrol from minimammothfilms on...

Ascension Trust Upcycle Sponsored Bike Ride 2017- Pedalling the miles for Impact

The Upcycle 2017 team had a wonderful weekend cycling, supporting and fellowshipping on the beautiful emerald isle of Northern Ireland and the Republic. Now they are back in the office with a few pictures to share with you all and just want to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of the ride. It was an honour to meet, cycle, pray, patrol and fellowship with everyone involved. From Newtownabbey to Belfast, Coleraine to Dunluce Castle, Portrush and Portstewart (Special shout out to Causeway Cycling Club #absoluteheros) and then around Stormont, Titanic Quarter and C.S. Lewis Square. Thank you also to everyone who has supported us in prayer and financially. But it is not too late to give to support the work of Ascension Trust. For more details on Upcycle 2017 and our campaign to pedal the miles for impact please click here: www.upcycle.ascensiontrust.org.uk If you are able and willing to support then please do by clicking here: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/upcycle2017/289691   Upcycle 2017 Highlights   This slideshow requires JavaScript....

Response Pastors Deployed – Westminster Attack

The tragic events of the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, claimed so many lives including that of a Police Officer who was in the very process of protecting others. Many shared their grief and reclaimed the ground in Westminster the scene of the attacks. Teams of London based Response Pastors were deployed over several days to be the Church’s listening ear and to share God’s compassion with many. Being that presence on the streets of Westminster and at the vigil held in Trafalgar Square as well as at memorial service on Westminster Bridge demonstrates how we all stand together no matter what faith or religion. Response Pastors are Street Pastors who have received additional training to support and assist those affected by crisis or disasters in our local...