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Street Pastors service in Coleraine

Published: Wed, 11 Feb 2015
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Mark Alexander, Our Area Manager in the Causeway region, is pictured at the Street Pastors Commissioning event last weekend, the largest in Ireland. (Photo: David Rankin, Coleraine Times).
Street Pastors
The Street Pastors scheme, which is part-funded by the Housing Executive in Coleraine, held a Commissioning Service last weekend.
We work in partnership with the Street Pastor scheme in a bid to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour on our estates and to build community confidence and safety.
All of those involved in the project attended Saturday’s service, including Mark Alexander, our Area Manager in Causeway.
Addressing the gathering, Mark said: “Community safety is a quality of life issue, which impacts on all of society, individually and collectively. Every individual is entitled to live in peace within their neighbourhood so the primary focus of the Housing Executive in ensuring that our estates are safe is tackling anti-social behaviour.
“We have put in place a number of key partnerships designed to not only tackle the underlying problems associated with such behaviour but also to consider ways of preventing such behaviour.
“The Coleraine Street Pastors project is a shining example of how partnership working can respond to real community fears, a practical response to reducing risk and danger, combatting crime and creating safer communities.
“And it’s not only about building confidence, it’s also about building relationships - relationships with community representatives, young people, older people and our vulnerable tenants. That connection will prove to be a stabilising force for our estates and ultimately help us achieve our goal of creating better neighbourhoods for all to live in.”
Stephanie Quigley, Chair of the Management Committee of Street Pastors expressed her thanks to all those involved in the scheme, the management team, funders, partners, and the volunteers.  
Partners in the Street Pastor scheme include the Housing Executive, the Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and Coleraine Borough Council.
Guest speakers included Les Isaac, the founder of Street Pastors worldwide and Sandy Scrimger, Head of Street Pastors in Scotland.  
22 churches are represented across the whole scheme and on the night over 40 volunteers were presented with caps. 30 new volunteers began their training over the weekend.
So look out for a street pastor on your estate!