The Southend-on-Sea Street Pastors have been recognised with
the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016.
A group from Southend has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Southend-on-Sea Street Pastors have been helping vulnerable people by taking Jesus on to the streets almost every Friday and Saturday night since May 2005. They offer assistance to tourists, night-club goers, and rough sleepers by giving out sleeping bags, hot drinks, water and flip-flops. They also clear up broken glass, and dispose of bottles to prevent them from being used as weapons. They are supported by a team of Prayer Pastors who pray for the team, and particularly for any incidents reported to them by the team.