We are privileged to be fully integrated into the night-time economy (NTE) in our city, working closely other key services in the city. As well as the awards given to the project from the Westside Business Improvement district, the project received an award from West Midlands Police for our services to the city. At the awards ceremony, Inspector Gareth Morris commented:
“The City Pastors make a positive difference to the experience of the NTE for visitors; they have become ambassadors for the city and seeing their distinctive white coats walking the NTE is a sight that provides reassurance to both the public and the police. Their contribution is outstanding, invaluable and completely voluntary. I would like to personally thank the team for their outstanding public service – more deserving than the AA of the label ‘4th emergency service’.”
Similarly, a recipient of the care of City Pastors wrote to us following an incident in which she was helped:
“I would like to say a massive thank you to the City Pastors who helped me last night. If it wasn’t for their help I wouldn’t have made it home. They both looked after me and made sure that I was able to get home and for that I can’t thank them enough. It’s also taught me to be more responsible when I go out and to think before I act. I can’t thank you all enough.”
From time to time, we have visitors or observers who want to see for themselves what we do. Among the many visitors to our project was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who, on his official visit to Birmingham, spent time on a shift and subsequently praised the project:
“Your work is… clearly a great gift for the city and for the church. I was very struck by the way in which the call to service not only delivers God’s love and power of transformation to those to whom the service is directed, but also among those who are serving.”
Other visitors have included Birmingham’s Lord Major and the Asst. Chief Constable of West Midlands Police.
Mike Olley, Westside BID Manager has been one of our greatest Champions and appreciates the way in which City Pastors adds value to the night-time economy offering.
‘We just couldn’t do without the pastors nowadays. They’ve become an integral part of our built infrastructure; they’re a key part of the management structure which keeps Westside the happy, vibrant place it is.’