Cambridge Street Pastors
Street Pastors are volunteers recruited from local Christian churches that we feel confident can fulfil the personal specification, commit to training and regular patrols ( approximately one night per month).
We always welcome people, as a first step, to come out with us on patrol as an observer.
More information on training and applications here
Street Pastors cannot work on their own - prayer is vitally important and some dedicated Prayer Pastors "watch and pray" at our base or at home on the phone while we are on the streets. They pray for the team when we go out, when we get back, and between times - we keep in contact with them by mobile phone regularly. As well as being a vital part of the team in prayer, it makes a huge difference to the team to come back to someone at base who is able to welcome them back for a rest and a hot drink. Please get in contact if you can help here.
Other people receive weekly prayer emails or quarterly prayer letters produced by our staff team - again please get in touch if you would like to receive one or both of these.
NightLite runs in Downing Place United Reformed Church, opposite John Lewis and next to Revolution. NightLite is a drop in safe space, a chance to recover, to wait for friends or a taxi, to recharge your mobile phone, and to stay safe. Our volunteers generally help once a month, caring for any one who comes in, listening, and helping in any way possible. In normal times we are open from 10pm to 4am.
This role is particularly ideal for those who want to be involved with the Street Pastor work but would not want or be able to walk the streets all night. NightLite volunteers are required to follow the application process and to attend one evening of training, though they are strongly encouraged to join all the Street Pastor training sessions to better equip them to help visitors to NightLite. Please contact us if you would like to know more or would like to visit one night to observe.
Other ways to help
Spread the word
If you know young people (or not so young people) who enjoy being out in Cambridge late at night do tell them about us. Any club or pub staff (including the doormen), taxi marshal, health service worker or police officer will be able to call us for help. They just need to ask someone to 'call for the Street Pastors!'
There are always many other things to do - helping out at events, keeping uniforms clean and tidy, stocking up our kit, fundraising. If you would like to offer any help at all - please get in contact!
More details... on Street Pastor Training
We ask prospective volunteers to complete the on-line Application Form or download and complete a copy:
The next stages are:
We take up references from their local church leader and one other person and carry out an enhanced DBS check before allowing an applicant to be commissioned.
Initial training takes about 3 days including a full day Roles and Responsibilities course run by a trainer from our parent body, Ascension Trust.
The new Street Pastor can then be commissioned in a short ceremony in their church during a service or in a small group, depending on their preference. They then join the rota and will patrol about once a month.
Street Pastors are expected to complete further sessions of training, mainly through short courses lasting 2-3 hours, within 2 years of starting, after which they will receive a graduation certificate; they can then serve as a Street Pastor anywhere else in the country.
We are always happy to answer questions or talk through what is involved, please do contact us
we would love to hear from you