Step forward for Pembroke street pastor scheme

First published in County News

The Pembroke Street Pastors’ initiative is to take another major step forward today (Saturday).

A newly-formed management committee is hoping to sign an agreement with the organisation behind the scheme, the Ascension Trust, at Westgate Chapel, Pembroke at 10am.

“Things are really progressing well,” said Westgate Chapel pastor Rob James.

“We have established a committee which represents a good cross section of local church life and are now looking forward to organising a training programme which will enable us to be out on the streets as soon as possible.”

Lyn Edwards has been appointed as the coordinator for the scheme which provides a late night outreach service to people in need.

Tony Winter, of the Ascension Trust, will be talking about the scheme, including training and costs, at the meeting.

Lyn added: “This meeting is a very significant one and is designed to answer and questions and allay any fears or apprehensions people may have.”

PCSO Emma Thomas said: “We fully support the initiative of street pastors being set up within the Pembroke area and think it would be a valuable asset to our community’.

Pembroke Dock Police Station chaplain Revd Geoffrey Howell added “I’m delighted to see how well so many different churches and the police are all working together to serve the local community.”

Pastor James is encouraging people to attend the meeting. “This initiative offers us a fantastic opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the life of our local community,” he said.

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