The local base for Street Pastors in Tower Hamlets is based at the Tab Centre.
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems and is an initiative that operates and is recognised across different boroughs in the UK and abroad.
Tower Hamlets has a team of Street Pastors (trained volunteers from surrounding churches who have a genuine concern for our local community) who engage with people on the streets of our borough on a Friday night between 10:00pm – 3:00am to “help people in any practical ways, care and listen”, especially with those who are lonely, vulnerable or at risk.
Tower Hamlets Street Pastors has been in operation since 2010 and we work together with other partners in the night-time economy to make our community safer.
On our patrols we engage in casual or meaningful conversations with people, diffuse potentially aggressive situations, maintain the safety of the lost, drunk or distressed and signpost people to appropriate help agencies if need be.
We also distribute security devices such as safety/rape alarms and “spikies” to young women to prevent their drinks from being spiked. We also give out thermal blankets and ponchos, beanies, socks and gloves to the homeless and water to those who may be under the influence of alcohol and drugs and are needing to be rehydrated and we also assist and direct people to get safe transportation home after a night out.
For more information about Tower Hamlets Street Pastors, please contact the Coordinator, Amanda-Lee Maddocks –towerhamlets@streetpastors.