Street pastors receive additional funding

Street pastors have been given the go-ahead to continue to keep the streets and premises of Stourbridge safe.

Safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership and the Primary Care Trust have joined forces to ensure the pastors have an additional £11,000 funding needed to carry on their valuable work supporting the night time economy in Stourbridge.

As part of the national initiative, street pastors have been in the town since 2009, when they hit the streets as part of an Acension Trust initiative to respond to neighbourhood problems on Saturday nights.

Volunteers from 13 local churches patrol the streets of Stourbridge on Saturday nights and some Thursday nights from 10am to 3am to offer help and advice to those enjoying a night out, as well as reduce the amount of anti social behaviour in the area. 

These volunteers are there to care, listen and offer practical support to people on the streets and in night-time venues and are fully trained in key topics including conflict resolution, drug and alcohol awareness and mental health.

Pastors are easily identified as they wear distinctive uniforms.  The continued support given to this initiative is intended to build trust on the streets and create a safer community. 

Councillor Tim Wright, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“Stourbridge Street Pastors have shown how effective they are in calming aggressive situations and supporting vulnerable people. 

“We have a thriving night time economy which is made all the safer with the help of Stourbridge Street Pastors.”

Inspector Eddie Boyle of Dudley Police, said;

“The Street Pastors do an amazing job and have assisted the police tremendously over busy weekends when people are out socialising.

“They also help disperse any possible anti-social behaviour in the town making it a safe and enjoyable place to come and visit. Street Pastors also look out for the welfare of people whilst they are out by calling for a taxi to take them home, offering water and foil blankets.

“Street pastors should be encouraged to continue with their good work in helping and assisting others.”

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