Stratton Methodist Church

Street Pastors

In February 2024, Lynda and Geoff joined our Joint Service with St Margaret's to talk about the work of Street Pastors in Swindon.


Joshua 1 v 9 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Bringing Hope to the Streets in Swindon’s Night-time economy: The Street Pastors Movement

Introduction: Welcome to the heart of the Street Pastors movement, where compassion meets action on the bustling streets of our cities. Originating in London's vibrant Brixton area in the early 2000s, Street Pastors was founded by the visionary Reverend Les Isaac, subsequently knighted for his dedication to serving communities. Recognising the need for God's presence amidst nightlife and its repercussions, Les pioneered a movement that has since grown exponentially, both nationally and internationally.

What We Do: At the core of Street Pastors is a commitment to embodying the love and compassion of Jesus Christ in practical ways. Our volunteers, known as Street Pastors, venture out onto the streets during weekends and evenings, offering a helping hand and a listening ear to those in need. Whether it's providing directions to lost revellers, offering water and blankets to the homeless, or simply being a comforting presence to those in distress, Street Pastors are there to serve.

Our Impact: The impact of our work extends far beyond the immediate assistance we provide. Every interaction is an opportunity to sow seeds of hope and kindness in the hearts of those we encounter. Through our actions, we seek to demonstrate the transformative power of love and compassion, fostering a sense of community and solidarity amidst the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Need in Swindon: While the Street Pastors movement has flourished in many cities across the country, the need for more volunteers remains critical, particularly here in Swindon. Currently, our team consists of only twelve dedicated individuals, who tirelessly serve our community on Saturday nights, and occasionally Fridays, providing support and assistance to those in need.

However, the demand for Street Pastors in Swindon far exceeds our current capacity. We recognise the urgency of the situation and the need to expand our team to meet the growing needs of our community. With more volunteers, we can extend our outreach to include Friday nights as well, ensuring that we are present when our community needs us most.

Join Us: We are calling on compassionate individuals in Swindon to join us in this vital mission. Whether you have a heart for serving others, a desire to make a difference in your community, or simply want to be part of something meaningful, there is a place for you in the Street Pastors family.

By becoming a Street Pastor, you will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of those around you, to be a beacon of hope in the darkness, and to experience the joy that comes from serving others selflessly.

please do get in touch with us by emailing Ruth at or Lynda at

Conclusion: In a world that can often feel chaotic and divided, Street Pastors offers a beacon of hope and unity. Together, we can make a real difference in our community, one act of kindness at a time. Join us in bringing hope to the streets of Swindon and together, let's make our city a better place for all.