Swansea Street Pastors
with new promotional videos. In 2013 the Street Pastors in Swansea approached us asking us to create a promotional video that will capture the work and ethos of Street Pastors and help them recruit more volunteers for the ever growing needs in Swansea. Our city has been granted a Purple Flag status, which is a great honour and reward for the hard work of many agencies and the Swansea Street Pastors as well. Their work had been commended on numerous occasions, by many officials, our city needs them. So, when we were commissioned in 2015 for a second time, we were ever so delighted and excited. The new video project was to be again, used as a recruitment tool but was to be quite different than the first one. This time we had to make three short films. The idea was to film three individual stories of Street Pastors, who come from various walks of life, various vocations and demographic groups. We wanted to show that whoever you are and whatever you do, you can be a Street Pastor. Here is the first story of the series.
Ken is a retired surveyor and retired magistrate, who is currently actively serving in his local church, St. Paul Church in Sketty. Because of his professional background as a surveyor Ken is looking after the buildings and the fabric of the church. He is also an assistant warden and as such he needs to arrange and manage the church services, make sure everything is ready to administer the chalice in the communion service. Ken is also a member of the singing group, leading the congregation in worship on a Sunday is one of his favoured things. Ken heard about Street Pastors form a friend in church and decided to give it a go. He goes out on a Friday night, patrolling the streets and offering assistance and help to those who are in need. Ken finds that his age is not an issue or an impediment, on the contrary, his experience is that people trust him more and come to him to share their stories, to ask for prayer or simply chat. People call him “grand dad” and recognise maturity in him, which gives them more freedom to talk to him, who is senior in age and easier to trust. Ken’s message is that everyone can become a Street Pastor, whatever your age. Here is his full story: