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Street Pastors Project

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the operation of the Street Pastor’s project; how many schemes are operating; what assessment she has made of their effectiveness; what support from the public purse is provided; and what plans there are for future funding. (221514)

[holding answer 22 July 2008]: The Street Pastors is an interdenominational church initiative which engages with people on the street to listen to their concerns and offer support. They now operate in more than 60 locations around the UK including London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Nottingham and Plymouth. More information about the organisation and their work can be found on their website:

http://www.streetpastors.co.uk/Home/tabid/255/Default.aspx

From feedback and case studies, there is anecdotal evidence that the Street Pastors have made a significant impact on the lives of young people in urban areas. As part of the Tackling Gangs Action Programme (TGAP), the Home Office provided a one-off grant of £120,000 in 2007-08 to support the expansion of the organisation’s activities in the TGAP areas.

The provision of Home Office grant funding for third sector organisations is currently under review.