Street Pastors

Street Pastors began in January 2009 with 50 volunteers. Now, over 120 volunteers operate in 8 Street Pastor teams, Safe Zone teams and Prayer Pastors teams.

Street Pastors is an interdenominational, faith-based organisation, working in partnership with local churches, Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland. This is known as the Urban Trinity.

 Street Pastors engage with a variety of people who use the night economy of the city centre, especially those who become vulnerable and require support for a safe onward journey. We also work with the increasing number of homeless people to be found in the city centre. We provide support not only to Police Scotland but also to door stewards and taxi marshals. Teams are linked by radio to the CCTV control centre at Community Safety Glasgow, enabling a speedy response to requests for help. Team leaders can also request cameras to cover potential flashpoints.

Volunteers are fully trained in practices and procedures, listening skills, team working, homelessness and cultural awareness. Police Scotland, British Red Cross and the Licensing Department also give training. Volunteers are committed to continuing professional development courses.

Street Pastors come from diverse church and personal backgrounds and operate in mixed gender teams. All volunteers have PVG registration. They are motivated to demonstrate non-judgmental, compassionate care in the heart of the city by listening, caring and helping. The instantly recognisable uniform is welcomed on the streets of Glasgow and at other major events.

Street Pastors is a respected, established, faith-based agency, which receives regular, excellent feedback from partner agencies and the general public.

Practical service given by Street Pastor volunteers in the city centre

PRACTICAL HELP WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 TOTAL
Flip flops 78 77 63 60 278
Bottles/glass cleared 60 63 83 115 321
Ponchos/foil blankets 0 1 1 1 3
First Aid 6 0 1 3 10
Directions given 3 2 21 16 42
Helped to safety/friends etc 8 10 4 7 29
Calming fights 3 2 2 0 7
Calming aggressive people 1 0 4 3 8
Help to overly drunk 9 9 2 7 27
Ambulance assistance (call) 2 0 1 1 4
Police assistance (call) 3 0 1 1 5
Requests from officials 6 1 6 2 15
HOMELESS          
Conversations 22 35 38 49 144
Food/Sweets/Water 34 50 33 52 169
Hats/socks/gloves/snoods 8 21 15 18 62
Advice/referral 0 4 0 5 9
CONVERSATIONS  
Officials 11 33 19 13 76
Faith/spiritual 15 8 8 14 45
Prayer offered 8 5 5 16 34
Appreciation shown 42 27 42 86 197
Contact with prayer team 15 10 16 16 57

Street Pastors are looking to recruiting more volunteers and are also available to give presentations to interested groups and to speak at services.