Winchester City Council has granted Winchester Street Pastors £1250 for a new initiative aimed at providing pastoral support to four Stanmore schools.

The School Pastor initiative was launched at the beginning of the year.

The effort seeks to foster relationships between students, staff and School Pastors, encouraging youth participation in the local community. This programme also supports Winchester Community Safety Partnership's efforts to amplify the sense of security within Winchester communities.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Cllr Martin Todd and Cllr Jamie Scott join Mark HibbertCllr Martin Todd and Cllr Jamie Scott join Mark Hibbert (Image: Supplied)

Winchester Street Pastor Coordinator Mark Hibbert-Hingston said: "Since we launched Street Pastors in 2011 our Council has supported us with finances where possible.  

"We value the partnership we have with the Council and the police very highly. This grant of £1,250 has been a great help as we launch School Pastors." 

Leader of the council Cllr Martin Tod said: "It's always reassuring to see the Winchester Street Pastors out and about in the centre on a Friday and Saturday night.  It's a great idea that they're taking that same calm and peaceful presence into our local schools - although for different reasons. 

"I'm delighted that the Council has been able to provide funding to help get the School Pastor initiative up and running." 

The grant will help equip the recently appointed Pastors with uniforms and training.