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Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. It was 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 now some 9000 trained volunteers nearly 250 teams around the United Kingdom.

Since our first commissioning service and launch on 3rd December 2011, Doncaster Street Pastors have patrolled in the centre of the town every Saturday night and on the Sunday nights of the Easter weekend and the May bank holiday weekend. We also patrolled on Ladies’ Night of Ledger Week.

During 2012 we patrolled a total of 1050 ‘Street Pastor’ hours, removed 1533 bottles and 273 glasses, all of which were potential weapons, cleared 58 lots of broken glass, gave out 1051 pairs of flip-flops, 63 foil blankets, 481 bottles of water and 4 New Testaments and a Bible.

We attended and assisted in 22 anti-social incidents and 242 other incidents, signposted or referred 11 people to other agencies and administered First Aid on 40 occasions.

In total we helped 1786 vulnerable people on the street. In addition we had numerous conversations, supporting people who were bereaved, homeless or lonely, and listening to people who were seeking spiritual or moral guidance, or reassurance and acceptance … or just in need of somebody who was willing to listen.

All this would not be possible without the fantastic support we get from our team of Prayer Pastors.

Nevertheless we still need more volunteers. At the moment we have little flexibility, and if any pastors are unavailable through illness or other commitments, whether they are Street Pastors or Prayer Pastors, it will seriously restrict the service we provide. Your prayers for more volunteers will be very much appreciated.