Street Pastors here to help on Christmas and New Year's Eve

The West Derby Street Pastors team is to provide support for residents and party goers this Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The West Derby Street Pastors team is to provide support for residents and party goers this Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Four churches from West Derby, in partnership with the local council and police, have provided the volunteer pastors since October, who in teams walk around West Derby village centre on Friday nights offering care and support to those who may be in need or simply need someone to talk to. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will be no exception.

Rev Mark Coleman, Secretary of the West Derby Street Pastors and Rector of St Mary’s Church West Derby said, “We have been developing a supportive presence in the local area since our launch in October, and we have been accepted by the community. At Christmas and New Year, emotions can run high and people often just need someone to listen. We can provide that, as well as general support to people around the festive period.”

The Street Pastors are made up of people from churches of different denominations, and come from all walks of life. The West Derby Team is made up of people from a range of backgrounds and includes a teacher, a dinner lady, a sales assistant and priests. They are recognizable by their blue jackets and caps featuring the Street Pastors logo.

Andy Radford, Chair of the local project and Pastor of West Derby Evangelical Church said, “We recognise that the holiday period isn't always a happy time for everyone and we want to be there to care listen and help whenever we can.”

For information on the Street Pastors please contact
Andy Radford  
07966 033 648