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Could you be an Ascension Trust Representative [ATR]?

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Training, What's happening?

The next training for potential new ATR’s is the 8th & 9th March 2017 at AT.

ATR’s are individuals; usually have been coordinators, who wish to be more involved in some of the key outward facing roles of AT. Typically they deliver R&R, attend commissioning’s as well as delivering presentations or supporting an area in difficulty.

ATR’s are remunerated and travel expenses are paid for this valuable work. We are always on the look out for suitable people and in particular women are currently under represented in our ATR team.

There is an application process and if you are interested please email: atrbooking@ascensiontrust.org.uk or call Mary-Bridget on 0208 329 9641.

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Writing competition results

Posted on Sep 3, 2016 in Street Pastors in the arts, What's happening?

For our recent writing competition, which we ran jointly with the Association of Christian Writers (ACW), we invited you to write 1,000 words – fiction or non-fiction – about people who put the Christian ethos into practical action.

Well done to all of you who entered the Today’s Good Samaritans competition! The judges enjoyed reading writing from a wide range of points of view. We’re now pleased to announce the top three entries.

First prize:  ‘The man who sold me a pear’, written by James Webb

We were in the supermarket to buy a pear for Imogen. She’d been asking for one all day, ever since she saw a picture of a pear in the morning and been reminded that they existed. There were no pears at home, so I found myself in a supermarket, a single pear in my hand, queuing up to pay.

And I felt embarrassed …

Second prize:   ‘Mealbank’, written by Carol Purves

Meg was putting the finishing touches to the tea table when the door bell rang.

“Maisie! How lovely to see you! You’re looking well.” As she grasped Maisie’s arms, drawing her towards her in a warm embrace, she had never seen her look so radiant.

“Meg, this is Scott.” Maisie pulled back, grabbing hold of the hand of the young man waiting silently in the background …

Third prize:  ‘Surrogate’, written by Sue Row

It started with a flood. A real flood, not a trickle of water. A flood that in places reached 16ft and made over 800 homes uninhabitable. The December 2015 floods, caused by Hurricane Desmond, was widely reported, but what is not always realised is the devastation to each and every family involved …

You can read the first prize entry here and in the next edition of ACW’s quarterly magazine, Christian Writer. Watch this space for for the second and third prize entries – they will be posted on this site soon.

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Around the UK with Street Pastors in July

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 in What's happening?

This calendar for July 2016 gives a bird’s eye view of Street Pastors as a national initiative. Particularly in the summer, teams are involved in many aspects of community life, as well as weekly patrols, training days and commissioning services for new recruits.

1              New volunteers commissioned in Inverness. In Wellingborough, street pastors were part of the  carnival parade.

2              Response Pastors training in Chippenham. In Nantwich, street pastors were part of the Midnight Walk.

3              The last day of Henley Regatta, where street pastors from Reading, Wantage & Grove, Newbury  and Wallingford were on patrol.

4              Bury Street Pastors releases some great visual messages on social media.

Street Pastors July

5              New recruits in Jesmond took part in the Good News training session.

Street Pastors July6              As part of a joint initiative between the local business community, Metropolitan Police Service, British Transport Police and Westminster City Council, Westminster Street Pastors gave an ‘Outstanding Support’ award to Safer West End.

7              Newcastle Street Pastors were on patrol at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

8              Northampton Street and School Pastors commissioned new volunteers tonight.

9              Street pastors from all over Scotland were at the T in the Park festival in Perthshire. New street pastors commissioned in Worcester.

10           Billericay Street Pastors in action at Billericay Summerfest.

Street Pastors July

11           Nine days after posting a message of thanks from a grateful parent, Belfast Street Pastors’ post has reached 29,000 views.

12           A new team, St Helens Street Pastors, is registered with the Charity Commission.

13           Pub quiz at the White Lion of Mortimer pub in aid of Merton Street Pastors.

14           Ashford Street Pastors recruitment evening.

15           Stornoway Street Pastors served at HebCelt summer festival on the island of Lewis.

16           New street pastors in Sheffield were commissioned this weekend. Welcome!

17           At the Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix today, Torbay Street Pastors dealt with eight First Aid incidents.

18           The team in Launceston, Cornwall, is holding their AGM tonight.

19           As part of plans to set up Wigan Street Pastors, volunteers and trustees are holding a Q&A information evening for all those interested in bringing the initiative to life.

20           The end of the school year for many students and teachers. Northampton School Pastors supports pupils at Northampton Academy and Weston Favell Academy and will be praying for staff and young people to have a restful holiday.

21           Extra patrols from Whitstable Street Pastors for partygoers at the town’s Oyster Festival.

22           The launch of Basildon Street Pastors. The national Management and Coordinators Conference starts in Cardiff.

23           Second day of the national Management and Coordinators Conference in Cardiff. In Weston Super Mare, street pastors supported a YMCA Summer Starter Fun Day.

24           Southend Street Pastors celebrated their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. In Lewisham, street pastors manned a stall outside Lewisham Police Station, to raise awareness of the work they do and chat to locals.

25           An evening entitled ‘Helping others’ at the Unicorn Theatre featured the work of Abingdon Street Pastors.

26           515 users visited www.streetpastors.org today!

27           Sutton Street Pastors did their first Wednesday night patrol – at a special event for 600 under 18s at Wonderland night club.

28           Street Pastors in Shrewsbury were part of a Community Fair at Shrewsbury Job Centre.

29           New street and prayer pastors commissioned in Dover tonight.

30           Volunteers from local churches in approximately 300 locations in the UK will be helping to make your town or city centre safer tonight.

31           Time’s up for our writing competition! Entries to the “Today’s Good Samaritan” competition, in partnership with the Association of Christian Writers must be in by today.

Street Pastors July

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Still time to enter our writing competition

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 in Street Pastors in the arts, What's happening?

The last day for submissions in our new writing competition is 31 July 2016.

We invite you to write 1,000 words – fiction or non-fiction – about people who put the Christian ethos into practical action – Today’s Good Samaritans.

Our partner in this competition, the Association of Christian Writers, is a charitable organisation for writers that offers fellowship, prayerful support and encouragement alongside professional standards of training and advice for writers with a Christian faith.

Writing competition

You may choose to write your competition entry about street pastors, or, perhaps, about school pastors, Foodbank volunteers, befrienders, people who run job clubs or support families in debt. We want you to write creatively about Christians helping in their communities, their challenges and the impact they have. You choose the angle and the point of view!

For specifics, entry fees and details of prizes, please see our How to enter guide.

This competition is open to all and is also advertised on ACW’s website.

Winners!

Our prizes are small but lovely! You could see your story in a future edition of Christian Writer magazine (subject to the editor’s approval). There are book vouchers for the top three entries plus a fantastic Street Pastors mug!

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Plymouth Street Pastors is Volunteer Team of the Year

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in Awards, What's happening?

At a glitzy event sponsored by Great Western Railway, Plymouth Street Pastors received the Volunteer Team of the Year award.

Ten inspiring winners were recognised at the city’s Inspiring Volunteers evening.

The late-night patrols carried out by the Street Pastors team in Plymouth are now a familiar – and welcomed – sight among clubbers in the city centre, the Barbican, Warner Village, North Hill and Mutley Plain areas.

PlymouthCo-ordinator Roy Beaumont, who nominated the team, said that since their launch in 2008, the Street Pastors team has resuscitated two people, helped avoid seven suicides, saved three people from hypothermia, given away over 6,600 pairs of flip flops to those walking the street bare-foot, removed over 55,000 discarded bottles and handed out more than 1,300 blankets.

Roy added his congratulations to everyone involved in the team. “Well done guys, another well-deserved public recognition of the fantastic work done by every street and prayer pastor. Thankyou for your continued commitment to this ministry and many blessings.”

Read more about this event and other winners.

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