EALING STREET PASTORS

Caring listening and helping on Ealing’s streets on Friday and Saturday nights

KNIFE CRIME

There has been a two thirds increase in knife offences since 2014, young people don’t feel save and feel compelled to carry a knife. Knives are often hidden or discarded on the streets. Street Pastors are trained to collect these knives and take them off the streets.

Source: Home Office, Y/E March 2018.

999 OVERLOAD

Ealing emergency services receive 100’s of calls on Friday and Saturday nights, many not urgent emergency calls. Ealing Street Pastors help take the strain off the police and ambulance services by responding to non-emergency street situations.

Source: Met Police 2017.

MENTAL HEALTH

1 in 4 experience mental health challenge, it is the single largest health challenge in London with many of those experiencing it spilling out on the streets. Ealing Street Pastors are often the friendly face someone opens up to on the streets.

Source: Mayor of London 2016.

It’s tough roughing it on the streets

Every night 30+ people could be sleeping rough overnight in Ealing – in cars, back streets and parks. Ealing Street Pastors are trained to help rough sleepers get off the streets.

Source: Ealing Council 2018.

Rich Ward…

“Being an Ealing Street Pastor has completely changed my perspective of the community I live in, I have got to know the streets and what life is like on them. I feel much more equipped to engage and support people I meet. It’s been a real practical expression of my faith.”

Local business owner and member of local church.