After a lot of preparation, research and discussions with local schools and other groups, we will be piloting School Pastors on the Island this year. School Pastors will start in Medina College from early summer, following a comprehensive recruitment and training programme over the next few months. School Pastors aims to promote safety and help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour before and after school hours.
Volunteers will work in and around the school site, focusing particularly on hot-spots identified by schools, local police, parents and students. They will provide support to students who are experiencing difficulties with their school and community life.
We’re delighted to welcome Rebecca Kelly as our newly appointed School Pastors’ coordinator. She’ll be working hard over the next few months promoting the scheme, recruiting volunteers, training them and working alongside schools to make the scheme a success. Rebecca has been a volunteer Street Pastor since Street Pastors started on the Isle of Wight, and is enjoying the challenge of setting up the new scheme.
We’ll be making a few changes around the website over the coming weeks to give quick and easy information to both Street and School Pastors.