Sutton Street Pastors celebrate 5th anniversary 7.02.11
Sutton's Street Pastors, an organisation which helps to keep Sutton's streets safe for pub and club goers, celebrated their fifth anniversary with a special service.
The group are part of a national movement called the Street Pastors, which is made up of Christians of all denominations who give up some of their Friday and Saturday nights to patrol the streets, helping with vulnerable people who might otherwise be reliant on police or ambulance services.
Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council and its Big Society spokesman, said: "Over the past five years, Sutton Street Pastors have helped scores of vulnerable people who might otherwise have been left to cope alone.
"As well as helping people who only need short term assistance, they can make a genuine connection with people who sometimes need long-term help.
"Their valuable work makes a real difference in our community, not just for those they help, but through keeping the streets safer for us all."
Mark Tomlinson, who leads the Sutton Street Pastors, said: "The Street Pastor movement is all about drawing on our faith to give practical help to people who need it, from simple things like giving transport information to people who need to get home to advising people who are dealing with more serious problems like drug and alcohol abuse or homelessness.
"We have volunteers who are in their 20s and two ladies who are 83, but most of the Sutton Street Pastors are middle-aged people who are concerned about their children and grandchildren when they go out at the weekend."
Sutton Street Pastors work in partnership with Sutton Council and the Metropolitan Police to provide a visible presence on the streets of the Sutton, which helps to diffuse or deal with problems.
They usually go out on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm-3am, and last year gave 1,700 hours to keeping Sutton's street safe.
The celebration of their five year anniversary took place on Friday 4 February in St Nicholas' Church in Sutton and was attended by Cllr Sean Brennan, the Mayor of Sutton Margaret Court and Paul Burstow MP. Rev Les Isaac, the founder of Street Pastors, spoke at the service.
For more information on Sutton Street Pastors, go to www.suttonstreetpastors.org.
Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011