When we consider who is out on the street — our sons, daughters, friends and colleagues – we want to do our best to ensure they have a fun time and get home safely. Our heart is to see the streets of Melbourne changed.
Yarra Street Pastors is a community project aiming to create a safer night-time experience for people frequenting key entertainment districts of the City of Yarra (Brunswick St, Johnston, Swan St).
The global Street Pastors movement is an inter-denominational church response to challenges in urban nightlife hot spots. The front-line of the organisation consists of teams of volunteers who go out onto the streets at night, engaging with the people who frequent the nightclub scene to care, listen, dialogue and offer practical help. We will hand out bottles of water to sober people up, give thongs to those with sore feet from high heels, give blankets to the cold, help people get home safely, comfort the distraught, diffuse potentially difficult situations before they occur, protect the vulnerable, build relationships and connect people with help. Prayer Pastors support our work from the location base with general and specific prayers throughout the night. There are over 11,000 Street Pastors covering 270 locations in the UK alone, and many more around the world. They have made a remarkable impact on the nightlife in each of their respective areas. Commendations come from bar/club owners, police, ambulance staff, security staff, councils and more.
The Street Pastors organisation has a significant and effective presence worldwide since its establishment in 2003, and our objective is to bring this to the City of Yarra. A team of people from different local Christian churches work in partnership with community organisations, local council, and police to make this happen.
We officially launched in Yarra on the 28th April 2014 at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood. Some amazing support and speeches was given by high profile public figures. We now operate in two locations: Richmond (Swan Street) and Fitzroy (Brunswick Street and Johnston Street), with a team of over 20 volunteers.
We would value your future partnership through volunteering with us as Street Pastors or Prayer Pastors, promoting our activity in the community, and providing financial support and resourcing for our team.
If you are a church leader, or member of a church and are interested in getting involved then we would love to talk further. We would love to do a presentation at your church, or consider your application if you are keen to sign up: please start filling out your application.
You can find out more information about Street Pastors on our information page.
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact.