This is a commonly asked question as the Westcotes Street Pastors patrol the West End on Friday nights. There are around 250 Street Pastor teams around the UK, including eight in Leicester/shire.
Street Pastors were pioneered by the Rev Les Isaac, OBE, in 2003 as a Christian response to urban problems such as crime and anti-social behaviour on the streets at night.
The Westcotes team was set up in 2006/7. We currently have 9 Street Pastors, supported by Prayer Pastors and a voluntary management team. Church of the Martyrs has been active in the local team since it started. We are very fortunate to be supported by NiteLite, the voluntary late night cafe, which runs at our base, Robert Hall Baptist Church.
The Westcotes team works with Hinckley Road Local Policing Unit, our local councillors, De Montfort University and with Churches Together in South West Leicester.
We patrol the streets around Narborough Road, Braunstone Gate, Bede Park and DMU campus in teams of three or four. We aim to provide care for the vulnerable, a listening ear and a Christian presence.
A typical evening might include chatting to door staff on Braunstone Gate, escorting lone females across Bede Park, helping a very drunk teenager home, encouraging quiet and consideration from noisy groups congregating on the Park, offering flip flops to tired and footsore clubbers and noting any suspicious activity.
We are not pushing the Gospel, but living out the Good News by being salt and light in our local community.
Recently, Freya Gilbert was appointed part-time Young Adult/Student Development Worker. This is a response to the large and growing number of young people in our area.
To find out more about becoming a Street Pastor or Prayer Pastor or a Friend of Westcotes Street Pastors please fill in the contact form: