Street pastors in Gloucester

Church workers hit the streets to help people home safely.

People who drink too much in Gloucester will get some help getting home from this weekend.

A team of Street pastors will start working in the City for the first time, they are basically church workers.

A similar scheme launched in Cheltenham in December and the team there say they have already saved three lives.

The scheme has the backing of Gloucestershire Police.

PC Mark Mansfield, from the Gloucester City Safer Community Team, says:
“Street pastors will compliment the work that we do. We often find ourselves rushing from one job to the next but the street pastors will have the time to sit down and talk to people at length.
“Their presence will help young people feel safer while they are out and about and they will also help the vulnerable members of our community such as the homeless by offering them somebody to talk to, blankets and cups of coffee.