Derby’s Street Pastors operate as a franchise of the national Street Pastor scheme that is run by the Ascension Trust under the management of Derby City Mission.  Street Pastors was started by Les Isaac OBE in Brixton in 2003 initially in response to inner city gun crime.  Since then it has grown so that now there are 14,000 Street Pastor volunteers in over 300 Street Pastor Initiatives across the UK. In the majority of cases they serve the people of the Night Time Economy in their city or town.

Street Pastors in Derby was started by our then CEO , Ally Kay, in response to the tragic deaths of two young men in the city in 2008.  This resulted in the first team of Street Pastors going out in Derby city centre in February 2009 and since that date we have provided a continuous presence on the streets of Derby on a Friday and Saturday night.

Since that date in Derby we have trained 136 volunteers from over 25 different churches to work as Street Pastors.  Currently we have a team of 48 active Street Pastors who make up our weekend teams.   Each new Street Pastor receives over 30 hours of training prior to joining the teams on the streets, the content of which is defined by our licence agreement with the Ascension Trust.  Here in Derby, Street Pastors are managed locally by a Coordinator and Administrator within the overall governance of the Derby City Mission Trustees and further support is provided by an operational management team.

Working in Partnership

Street Pastors cannot operate in isolation and we really value the support we get from the many partners who work together to ensure that you have the most enjoyable and safe night out in Derby as possible;  Our key partners are: 

  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire Police
  • CCTV Operations
  • Taxi Marshalls
  • Derby Pubwatch
  • Venue Management & Door Staff
  • Central United Reformed Church


As well as Street Pastors the Ascension Trust operates a number of related projects, namely: Prayer Pastors, School Pastors, Response Pastors and Rail Pastors. In addition a number of initiatives around the country run a “Safe Space” support scheme alongside the Street Pastors.  Derby City Mission are currently assessing the feasibility of operating these schemes in Derby.