Keeping the streets safe
A company focused on providing support, Street Pastors is a nationwide organisation dedicated to making many towns and cities across the UK safer.
The team based in Bridgwater is now set to expand, thanks to a £30,000 grant from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund.
Armed with a listening ear and bottled water, the Street Pastor team can be found in Bridgwater town centre in all weathers, working in the small hours of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. The group, who tackle commonplace night time public issues that have been around for a long time, are closely linked to the local police.
They offer help and support to whoever needs it – particularly to young people - but currently there are just eight volunteers in the town, compared to 50 in neighbouring Taunton. The Hinkley Point C grant will enable the team to train new volunteers and recruit a dedicated administrator.
Street Pastors are all Christian volunteers over the age of 18 and are members of their local churches. In Taunton, they patrol every week from 10pm to 4am, but the lack of volunteers means the Bridgwater team is out and about one in every four weekends.