SERVING THE PRACTICAL NEEDS
Street Pastors engage with people on the streets to care for them, listen to them andhelp them. They work together with other partners in the night-time economy to make communities safer.
Rail Pastors is a prototype initiative within the Street Pastors family that came about at the request of the British Transport Police who offered their support if a patrol “like Street Pastors” could be established on a stretch of the network where there had been a high number of suicide attempts and fatalities.
Each year we organise an overseas mission to developing countries to give people the chance to serve in schools, hospitals and local villages, being involved in social justice and action.
Equipping to Serve
CEO Ascension Trust
“I want people to know that the mission of Ascension Trust is about longevity. We are here to serve humanity, be relevant to the community and to equip people to display the true meaning of the gospel.”
CEO, Ascension Trust (Scotland)
“Our aim is to work with likeminded people to implement practical and effective strategies that transform lives, promote community cohesion and advance social justice.”
CBE, Patron of Ascension Trust
With reference to Street Pastors, Ram Gidoomal says “I pay tribute to each and every one of you in this movement. You leave a legacy of excellence and a fine ethos and tradition for generations to come.”
Patron of Ascension Trust
“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.”
Street Pastors was pioneered in the UK in 2003 by Les Isaac. On that first night, 18 volunteers took to the streets of Brixton, London, and since then this initiative has grown to encompass a network of volunteers who engage with people on the streets to care for them, listen to them and help them.