There are currently around 40 volunteers drawn from churches around the town, who go out in teams on Rugby’s streets on a Friday and Saturday night from around 10pm until 4am the next morning.
Co-ordinator Dawn Thurkettle said: “A presence of street pastors at 3am around the clock tower in Rugby town centre, where intoxicated clubbers congregate whilst waiting for a taxi, brings a calming, reassuring influence.
"Many people have said they feel much safer when they see street pastors are watching out for them. The role is one of listening, caring and helping – working in an unconditional, non-judgemental way.
“People in Rugby are now well aware that the street pastors are there to help them in a practical way. Whether street pastors are pointing people in the right direction, persuading someone not to do something they would subsequently regret, providing emergency first aid, giving out flip-flops and lollies, or just being a shoulder to cry on, they are practically demonstrating the Christian ethos of caring for one another.”
The team are currently recruiting and plan to start training street pastors and their prayer pastor supporters on Saturday, January 21. For more details and to get an application form, email Dawn on: [email protected]