Glasgow Street Pastors began in January 2009 with 50 volunteers in 4 teams. Now, over 120 volunteers operate in 12 Street Pastor teams and work in the City Centre, in our Safe Zone and in the West End.
Street Pastors is an interdenominational, Christian organisation, working in partnership with local churches, Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland.
We engage with a variety of people who use the night economy of the city centre, especially those who become vulnerable and require support for a safe onward journey. We also work with homeless people and those who are begging. We provide support not only to Police Scotland but also to door stewards and taxi marshals. Teams are linked by radio to the CCTV control centre at Community Safety Glasgow, enabling a speedy response to requests for help. Team leaders can also request cameras to cover potential flashpoints.
Volunteers are fully trained in practices and procedures, listening skills, team working, homelessness and cultural awareness. Police Scotland and other partner agencies also provide training. Volunteers are committed to continuing professional development courses.
Street Pastors come from diverse backgrounds and operate in mixed-sex teams. All volunteers have PVG registration (Protected Adults). They are motivated to demonstrate non-judgmental, compassionate care by listening, caring and helping. The instantly recognisable uniform is welcomed on the streets of Glasgow and at other major events.
We receive regular, excellent feedback from partner agencies and the general public.
Articles and videos
- “An insight into the work of the volunteers who keep Glasgow city centre safe at night” - By Lauren Brown, The Sunday Herald, 28th May 2017
- “Spending a night with a Street Pastor” – BBC Scotland, short video
- “Mission in Contemporary Scotland: The Work of Glasgow Street Pastors” – blog post by Ian Whiteford