Rev Les Isaac, head of the Ascension Trust and co-founder of Street Pastors, was named as a recipient of an OBE in the Queen’s recent Birthday Honours List.
Launched in 2003, Street Pastors was a Christian response to gun and knife crime in Britain’s urban areas. However, Christians across the country saw it as an effective way in which to engage with their local communities, and there are now 250 Street Pastors teams across the UK, overseeing 10,000 trained individuals who provide over 600,000 volunteer patrol hours every year. There are also Street Pastors teams in Trinidad, Antigua and Northern Ireland, with enquiries being received all the time from individuals in the UK and abroad, who are interested in setting up their own Street Pastors teams.
Commenting on his award, Rev Isaac shared, “This is a great honour, and is really recognition of the work that our amazing teams of volunteer pastors carry out every weekend, providing a much-needed listening ear for people on our streets, as well as for school pupils and college students across the country during the week. I am particularly thankful for people who have worked alongside me in a joint effort to build peaceful and strong communities.”
Rev Isaac will ensure that his OBE spurs him on in his work to positively impact communities across Britain; to make the world a safer place, and to encourage his team of volunteers to do the same.
For more details, visit www.streetpastors.co.uk