While the majority of people simply focus on going out on the town to have a good time, this little-known group of volunteers works hard behind the scenes, playing a vital role, dispensing advice and assistance to late night revellers needing help or feeling worse for wear.
The Street Pastors initiative was first pioneered in London in 2003 and now operates in 33 London Boroughs, arriving in Croydon in 2007.
Working between the hours of 10.00pm and 4.00am almost every Friday and once a month on Saturdays, a team of up to five volunteers patrols virtually the entire town centre, helping night-clubbers and pub-goers to stay safe on their nights out.
Taking a softly-softly, low-key approach, the volunteers are ready to lend an ear, have a chat and, more crucially, offer help to anyone out whose night might not be going according to plan.
The team deals with a host of situations including:
For more information about our work with the Croydon Street Pastors contact our Business Crime Reduction Manager, Shaun Webster.