ELGIN Street pastors have been enhancing the safety of city centre drinkers for a year.
The volunteers patrol the streets, offering a listening ear, support and a friendly smile.
Part of the UK network of Street Pastors, the Elgin group has 16 volunteers.
To mark the first anniversary of the service locally, ‘The Northern Scot’ joined the pastors on patrol.
They are all individuals who are members of local churches and have a deep faith in God, and if people want – and only if they want and request it – they will pray for and with them.
However, it is mostly about connecting with people on a personal level, keeping them safe and supporting the police, bar staff and ambulance teams to keep people as secure as possible.
One of 18 Street Pastor groups in Scotland, the Elgin scheme is administered under the Ascension Trust, which was founded in London in 2003 by the Rev Les Isaac. It is now becoming a worldwide brand, with groups in Australia, America and Jamaica.
To read the full account of a night with the Street Pastors and pictures, pick up the print version of ‘The Northern Scot’ on Thursday night.