The initiative aims to build on the partnership that is already in place between their clubs’ door staff and street pastor teams. Out of Luminar’s 52 clubs, 33 are situated in towns and cities where street pastors are active.
Managers Simon Wilson of Kuda and Andrew Barney of Ballare, both in Cambridge, spent several hours with their local street pastors last weekend, to see how the volunteers help those in a vulnerable state around pubs and clubs, whether they are in need of First Aid, have had too much to drink or have become separated from their friends.
It came about after Luminar chief executive Peter Marks promised to instruct managers to make contact with their local street pastors coordinator during the Ascension Trust’s street pastors practitioners conference in May.
Wilson said: “We believe in working together with various agencies to ensure Cambridge has a safe night-time economy. The street pastors do a fantastic job; this is a chance for us to strengthen the relationship we have, to get to know them on a personal level and to help out where we can.”
The Street Pastors initiative was launched in 2003 by the Ascension Trust, to encourage Christian volunteers to care for, listen to and help people experiencing the night-time economy and alleviate the problems that town and city centres face.