Serving our communities

What we love to do

Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to our street patrols we are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home.

Support

Giving dehydrated people some water to drink, helping people to get a taxi or waiting with vulnerable people Town Pastors support those in need.

Listen

We offer a listening ear whether you're upset, angry or simply want to chat.

Advice

Whether it's finding something to eat or the best way to get home, we can help.

Team

We work alongside Police, doorstaff and CCTV and with the agreement and support of District Councils to help keep our town centres safe.

Towns We Pastor

We currently operate in 10 towns in Suffolk and in Dereham, Norfolk. If you would like to know more about each scheme or to find out about becoming a Town Pastor please contact your local scheme via their website using the links below.

Things We've Done

Have You Seen Us?

You can find us across Suffolk and into Norfolk on town centre streets during Friday or Saturday evenings, depending on location, throughout the year. In addition we operate as Festival Pastors at the Latitude music festival at Henham Hall in July and at other ad hoc festivals as and when we are invited.

We like these numbers

A flavour of the work we have done through 2017-8 in Suffolk alone using statistics prepared for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

13,938 Water & Refreshments
4,714 Dangerous items removed
18,018 People we've helped
11,000 Man-Hours
Things We're Doing

Festival Pastors at Latitude 2018

  • 23 July 2018
  • Festival
  • Tony Hodge

Festival pastors at latitude 2018

With the heat turned fully up and a record crowd expected at Latitude, Festival Pastors were once again on hand with their unique brand of help and support to the festival crowds. In addition to day patrols around the campsites, night patrols in the Woods Arenas and the coolness of the café, this year saw more entertainment and engagement in the café through resident artists and musicians.  The weekend was then topped off with our first Sunday Service in front of the café tent. Mixing contemporary worship music with testimonies from the festival and prayer, this was a fitting end to our time at Latitude 2018.

More than 80 people volunteered to work in the café, patrol as Pastors and support the event in prayer onsite.  Many more prayed for us through the event from home and in Town Pastor Prayer Bases across the county.  Some of the team stayed onsite behind the café/prayer base sleeping amongst the generators, others commuted in from home, digs, caravans and other accommodation around the area.

Feedback from the Pastors tells of many people helped practically, emotionally and spiritually through the weekend with interactions with other volunteers and staff, especially on the night patrols, very positive and appreciative.  BBC Radio Suffolk interviewed one of our Directors, Peter Livey, for the Lesley Dolphin show Sunday morning 16thJuly. Here is the whole show or listen to just the interview.

Will we do it again – absolutely!  If you are part of a local Town Pastor Team look out for next year’s appeal for volunteers and get in quick.  If this has inspired you to think about being a Town Pastor or Prayer Partner in your local scheme get in touch with them (see scrolling list of schemes on the main page). If you want to know how Town Pastors might operate in your town fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the front page or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tony Hodge

Director, Town Pastors

Tagged in : Latitude Suffolk

Latitude Festival

Town Pastors have been present at the Latitude festival for the past 5 years under the name of Festival Pastors. Our activities include day patrolling of the camp sites and night patrols in the woods arenas; we are there for support, care and a listening ear.  Click below for further information and videos of Festival Pastors work.

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Keep in touch

Please feel free to contact us by email or post at our registered Address.

Our address

19 Westleton Way, Felixstowe, IP11 2YG, UK

Our mail

contact [at] townpastors.org.uk

Our phone