Torbay welcomes back the Street Pastors

(Last Updated On: June 3, 2021)

Torbay’s hospitality industry has suffered due to the pandemic but now venues are about to open on June 21st and a very busy summer is expected.

A familiar and much missed pre-Covid presence on our streets were Torbay’s Street Pastors. But now from Friday June 25 these terrific volunteers will be back on our streets supporting anyone vulnerable or in need of help.

The pastors are volunteers working in partnership with local churches, Torbay Council and the police, and work in small groups from 10pm until the early hours.

They work in small groups around Torquay’s Strand and harbourside on Friday and Saturday nights, from 10pm until the early hours; and have the Safe Place Van on Torquay’s Strand. Volunteers provide first-aid, flip flops, water and support, even a defibrillator.

A spokesman tells us, “We care, help and listen without condition or judgement.”

Helpers are now being recruited, and volunteers are being sought to work one evening a month. They need to be over 18 and belong to a local Christian church.

To publicise the Pastor’s relaunch, a special walk from Torquay to Brixham is taking place at 10am on June 16 when Street Pastors Bill Becher and Mark Pool will be joined by experienced charity hiker the Reverend Jerry Cook, also known as ‘The Rambling Rev’.

For more information, contact: or call 07933 136418

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Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD at Exeter University , and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.