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.
Giving dehydrated people some water to drink, helping people to get a taxi or waiting with vulnerable people Town Pastors support those in need.
We offer a listening ear whether you're upset, angry or simply want to chat.
Whether it's finding something to eat or the best way to get home, we can help.
We work alongside Police, doorstaff and CCTV and with the agreement and support of District Councils to help keep our town centres safe.
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.
Ipswich Town Pastors - set up the first Town Pastor scheme in Suffolk in 2006
Newmarket Town Pastors - the national centre of horseracing for the UK.
Dereham Town Pastors the first scheme outside Suffolk
Leiston Town Pastors
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.
Newmarket night sceneView
Felixstowe at nightView
Leiston 1st NightView
Bishop Mike visits LeistonView
Campers at LatitudeView
Stats for 2016-17View
Some of our guestsView
10 years of patrolsView
A flavour of the work we have done through 2017-8 in Suffolk alone using statistics prepared for the Police and Crime Commissioner.
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.
Please feel free to contact us by email or post at our registered Address.