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Creating Safer Town Centres in partnership with….
Town Pastors is a voluntary, independent, inter-denominational church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. They started in Ipswich in 2006, and now operate in 9 Suffolk towns: Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury and Woodbridge.
Town Pastors enjoy a good relationship with the public on the streets at night and works with partners such as Police, local District and Borough Councils, the County Council, Paramedics and Door staff, to keep people safe.
Town Pastors are Christians, drawn from a variety of local churches and denominations. They go out in pairs, normally six people at a time, and operate every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year, from 10pm to 4am. On average, each Town Pastor is expected to be out one night a month. They wear a uniform of sweatshirt, yellow jacket and baseball cap and, for reasons of personal safety, are monitored by CCTV in the town centre area and linked in to the Townlink radio system.
All Town Pastors undergo a full training programme before becoming part of the team, covering such issues as core values; roles and responsibilities; the power of prayer; personal safety and conflict management; and drug and alcohol awareness.
The work of Town Pastors across Suffolk was recognised in October 2012 with an award of ‘Suffolk Charity of the Year’ by Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations (SAVO). SAVO represents voluntary organisations across Suffolk.
More information available on how the projects works in Bury St Edmunds.