MOTORCYCLISTS raising money for more Street Pastors in Britain roared into Sheffield as they rode from Land’s End to Hadrian’s Wall.
The bikers visited the Rock Christian centre on Carlisle Street, Burngreave, which already has a team of Street Pastors who work in the community, and which is hoping to set up a new team in the city centre.
Burngreave’s Street Pastors patrol the streets every Friday night talking to people from all walks of life through stopping them on the streets and visiting takeaways and pubs. They listen to people and offer advice, care and support.
The scheme was launched as part of the ‘Burngreave Bouncing Back’ campaign which followed a number of gang-related incidents, including the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Burngreave teenager Jonathan Matondo close to a children’s playground.
Street Pastors need to be over 18, a church member and able to commit to a training course of 12 sessions covering topics including counselling, drugs, sociology and street safety.
The bikers are also raising money for a charity to provide lighting for schools in Gambia.