Stockton Town Pastors (STP) is a charitable volunteer initiative involving a number of churches across a range of Christian denominations in the Stockton-on-Tees area which started in December 2009, and follows the Christian Nightlife Initiatives ‘street angels’ model used in more than 120 other towns and cities across the United Kingdom.
Our project provides a caring presence on the streets of Stockton-on-Tees on Friday and Saturday evenings between 10pm and 3am during the ‘night-time economy’ period when members of the public may become vulnerable and in need of help.
STP has its own Management Board with its own constitution, and is registered with the Charity Commission (Certificate No. 1143017).
STP is a Christian organisation which provides an inclusive service to the local community; values all individuals equally in a way which is distinctive to our Christian ethos; and has transparent professional management, operational and funding processes in place which reflect the highest levels of integrity. The Management Board has signed up to the Oasis Charitable Trust’s ‘Faithworks Charter’ further details of which can be found here
Funding is secured mainly through donations from local churches, Christian trusts and individuals, with occasional donations also being made by a variety of local groups. The STP management board view the project very much as a gift from the local churches to the community of Stockton-on-Tees.
The project has developed close partnership working with local public services such as the Police, local Council and the Safer Stockton Partnership board. Regular meetings take place with our partners to increase the service offered to the community.
STP volunteers operate from a mobile unit located close to The Shambles on Stockton’s High Street, offering a safe haven to the vulnerable and needy.
The STP administrative base from which the project manager works is located at the nearby Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TE, where all mailing enquiries are dealt with.