To become a Street Pastor, you must be a minimum of 18 years old and committed to a local church. After completing the application process (application form, references, interview, disclosure check) you will be fully trained for work on the streets. The training requires attendance at ten sessions, some of which are held on Saturdays and others on a weeknights. Two Supervised Patrols with teams form part of the training programme. After the completion of unit six you will be placed in a team in which you will complete the second Supervised Patrol. You will also be expected to contribute towards the cost of your training and uniform. Once trained you will join a team and must give a minimum commitment of one night per month, on a Friday or Saturday, working from 9:30pm – 4:00am.
Please be aware that joining the patrol team will involve walking the city centre or west end streets for seveal hours each shift, which can cover many miles. As such, a degree of physical fitness is required. If you do not feel that your health would permit you to do this, you can still serve with the Safe Zone or Prayer Pastors.
(The training programme has been modified due to COVID and this year the Spring programme consists of 6 Zoom sessions on Thursday evenings, 7:15-9:00pm, during April and May 2021)
To become a Prayer Pastor, you must be a minimum of 18 yrs old and committed to a local church. Training involves attendance at six sessions of the Street Pastor Training programme. The leader of our Prayer Pastor team will provide you with materials outlining your role. You will be expected to give a minimum commitment of one night per month to praying for the teams while they are out on the streets between 10:00pm and 4:00am. This can be done from home or at the base with other prayer pastors and carries no cost implication other than your time.
To become a Safe Zone Pastor, you must be a minimum of 18 years old and committed to a local church. The Safe Zone provides a space for people who have become vulnerable for a variety of reasons. It operates in partnership with Police Scotland with qualified first aid support in attendance. Volunteers who work in the Safe Zone follow the same full training programme as Street Pastors with specific training to develop the skills and abilities required to deal with the needs of the people who use the service. After the completion of unit four of the programme you will be placed in a team to begin serving in the Safe Zone. You will also be expected to contribute towards the cost of your training and uniform. The Safe Zone currently operates on a Saturday night from 10:00pm - 4:00am (as well as on Fridays during the winter busy periods). A minimum commitment of one shift per month will be expected.
(The Safe Zone will re-open when safe to do so under Government and Church of Scotland Guidelines)
The Safe Zone is staffed by Street Pastors, Police Scotland officers and qualified first aiders. The skills and expertise of the first aiders enables them to deal with many minor injuries associated with excessive drinking, however more serious issues are frequently dealt with which, following assessment, may require paramedic attention and hospital admission.
Safe Zone first aiders do not need to be trained Street Pastors. As a Christian organisation we expect volunteers to be in sympathy with the values and ethos of Glasgow Street Pastors. Three day ‘First Aid at Work’ is the basic requirement to work in the Safe Zone. Applications from people with a medical or nursing background is welcomed
Please read through the following document before applying for a position within the Street Pastors.
We request that trainees put a £50 donation towards the costs of your training (not applicable for First Aiders). If the cost is an issue, let us know in your reply below! We can work out sponsorships with your church, or individual agreements.