Street Pastors founder’s visit

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The man who started the internationally successful Street Pastors movement is to visit the Arbroath Street Pastors project next week.

The Rev. Les Isaac will undertake a seven-day whistle-stop tour of all 17 Scottish projects to mark the fifth anniversary of the street-based aid organisation in Scotland and its 10th anniversary worldwide.

He will visit Arbroath on Tuesday (May 28) from 7 p.m.

There are more than 400 fully trained Street Pastors operating in Scotland with new groups emerging regularly in town and city centre hotspots.

Perhaps best known for the number of flip flops they distribute to barefoot revellers, Street Pastors have become a welcome addition to the country’s night time profile administering assistance and understanding wherever and whenever required.

During his time here he will attend an evening event in Old and Abbey Church where he will meet local Street Pastors and commission new Street Pastors.

Looking forward to his Scottish tour, Rev. Isaac said he hoped his visits would encourage and re-enthuse the growing body of Street Pastors north of the border.

He commented: “The growth of Street Pastors in Scotland has been phenomenal and we are currently in talks to look at setting up projects in at least a further five towns. The work these projects do has been well received and the Street Pastors have become a welcome sight in Scottish towns and city centres.”

Mr Isaac continued: “My wife Louise and I are looking forward to meeting as many people involved with the Scottish projects as possible and seeing the work they carry out right across the country.”

Sandy Scrimgeour, chairman of the Street Pastors’ umbrella body, the Ascension Trust (Scotland), said it was a “real coup” to host Rev. Isaac on his nationwide tour.