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Ascension Trust is a Christian inter-denominational organisation with a passion to empower individuals to work together within their local community and nation, to contribute positively to society and to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Ascension Trust is a charity and was started in 1993 by Reverend Les Isaac. Ascension Trust also has a branch in Scotland. Reverend Isaac's mission is to empower churches to be effective as "salt and light" in their local community, city and nation.

Ascension Trust operates as the umbrella body for a number of international missions
Street Pastors

Street Pastors

This is a network of Christian charities operating across the UK and worldwide. It is a Church response to urban problems, caring, listening and helping people on the streets.

School Pastors

School & College Pastors

School & College Pastors is a church response to assist schools with students as they leave the school gates, training peace-makers to bring support and guidance to vulnerable young people.

Urban Youth Mission

Urban Youth Mission

Urban Youth Mission takes place each year and is an opportunity for young people aged 13-17 to get and stay connected to God, to discover their gifts and todevelop their leadership skills.

Overseas Missions

Each year we organise an overseas mission to developing countries to give people the chance to serve in schools, hospitals and local villages, being involved in social justice and action.

Word 4 Weapons

Word 4 Weapons

Word 4 Weapons, is the UK's first weapons exchange program, to help counteract the high levels of knife and gun crime occuring nationwide. 1000's of weapons have been collected so far.

Oyibi Project

THE OYIBI ORPHANAGE BUILDING PROJECT is an overseas mission set up to provide a comfortable accommodation for pregnant street girls, and provide appropriate care for both mother and baby for a while; and assist them through skills and training.

 

Are you interested in joining one of our initiatives?

Evidence of our impact and influence
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    270

    We have over 270 Street Pastor areas, 10 of which are abroad, the furthest being in Melbourne, Australia

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    12,000

    We have trained up to 12,000 Street Pastors so far internationally, equipping them to be effective in serving their communities.

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    11,000

    Through Word 4 Weapons, we have helped save lives by collecting over 11,000 weapons voluntarily handed in

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    24,000

    We have helped distribute over 24,000 flip flops to vulnerable members of the public

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    26

    We have set up 26 School and College Pastor areas nationally, equiping them to be effective in serving their communities

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    10,000

    We work with over 10,000 interdenominational churches both in the UK and abroad

How can you help?

Help our 1 in a Million Campaign

Help us further our impact in empowering individuals to work together within their local community and nation, to contribute positively to society and to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Would you like to become a Street Pastor or School /College Pastor?

If you like what you've heard about the social impact of Street Pastors, School Pastors and College Pastors, and you'd like us to equip you to serve your community in setting up a new Street Pastor or School / College Pastor area, or join an existing team, then please do Contact us. To find out more about Street Pastors and School / College Pastors:
www.streetpastors.org.uk
schoolpastors.org.uk

Would you like to volunteer for Urban Youth Mission?

The Urban Youth Mission runs in the school summer holidays every year.The aim of the mission is to equip young people with the knowledge to live for Christ in an urban context. The opportunity is for young people aged 13 to 17 from churches across the UK, and also for young adults aged 18 and over to experience the event as a mentee leader.If you would like to attend or if you have any further questions please contact us

 

Would you like to volunteer for Overseas Missions?

Ascension Trust believes that the potential exists in everyone to develop and be all that God wants them to be. Missions can be one very significant means of achieving that goal. Whatever your experience, age or background, we want to help you to reach that potential and fulfil your destiny. Contact us.

Would you like to volunteer your services at our head office?

We wouldn't be were we are today without the help of our volunteers. We have people with a range of skills that have helped contribute to the success we are today- from volunteer administrators and coordinators, to IT technicians and accounts assistants

WHO IS ASCENSION TRUST
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Rev. Les Isaac OBE

CEO, Ascension Trust.

Rev. Isaac is the CEO of Ascension Trust which he founded in 1993. Widely called Les, he is married to Louise, a school teacher, and has two children. His mission is to train and develop individuals to serve their local community, city, nation and nations of the world. He co-launched an innovative project with Revd David Shosanya, a Baptist Minister and a Detective Constable Ian Crichlow called "Street Pastors" which provides a late night outreach service in high crime areas to tackle the issue of guns, knives and violent crimes on the streets of Britain.

Les has been interviewed on Radio and TV and regularly meets with Parliamentarians and high ranking Police Officers to discuss and contribute his vast experience and knowledge to community issues. He is one of Britain's most influential black church leaders. He has written three books to-date entitled 'Dreadlocks', 'Relevant Church' and 'Street Pastors'. Les, a minister for over 30 years, is now the associate minister of Christian Life Fellowship, a lively church in Greenwich with branches in Brixton, Medway and Croydon.

Sandy Scrimgeour

Chairman, Ascension Trust, (Scotland).

On 22 January 2010, Ascension Trust (Scotland) was formed at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Reverend Isaac appointed Sandy Scrimgeour as the Chairman.

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ASCENSION TRUST REPRESENTATIVES
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    Anwar Bourazza
    Gravesham

    I am the local Street Pastors Coordinator for Gravesend in Kent. I have been a Street Pastor since 2004 and have worked closely with Ascension Trust for many years. I am very passionate about the vision of Street Pastors and have had the privilege of training Street Pastors all over the UK over the last few years and met some fantastic people. I have also completed Stage 3-5 for new areas, alongside launches and commissioning services. Anwar is based within the Kent Area and is part of the Kent Street Pastors Coordinators group that meet on a quarterly basis.

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    Nick Cornish
    London

    Nick Cornish is the Development Manager for Ascension Trust. Formerly a Police Officer, he was a Hostage and Crisis Negotiator and the Gangs lead for Enforcement in Westminster in the Metropolitan Police Service. He was a Public Order Police Support Unit Commander and chair of the London Branch of the Christian Police Association, and retired after 30 years’ service in 2013 before taking up his current post. With Ascension Trust, he is responsible for progressing enquiries to start and develop Street Pastor Initiatives in the UK and abroad, liaising with partner agencies, and is the Office Manager. He is himself a Street Pastor in Westminster, central London. Nick is an Elder at his church in Cheam and is married with 5 children.

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    Ken Crafer
    Weymouth

    Ken is volunteer coordinator of Weymouth Street Pastors in Dorset. The team have been active in the town since June 2008 , Ken joining soon after launch. Married to Carol, ( also a Street Pastor) with two grown up children, Ken has a passion for encouraging the church to engage with the community outside its walls, working with the local council in their development of the town masterplan, regularly monthly slots on BBC local radio talking about Street Pastors and advising the Cabinet Office on aspects of the night time economy. Previously a teacher and lecturer, he now spends a lot of time as a senior examiner for two exam boards, and travels the country inspecting standards in colleges and schools. He has also written three text books. Slightly more unusually, Ken also inspects standards in garden centres, and spends much of December inspecting Santa’s little helpers and his grotto! When he first heard about Street Pastors he knew immediately this was something he was being called to do.

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    Mike Freeman
    Stamford

    Mike Freeman; MBE Lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire. After completing 30 years in the Police Service I then worked for several Christian charities including in 2010 ‘More Than Gold’; whilst with them I implemented, recruited, trained and managed the ‘Games Pastor’ programme, where just under 300 Games Pastors deployed for the Olympic Games in 2012. That was when I first networked with Ascension Trust (Games Pastors). After the Olympics my involvement increased with Ascension Trust when I became a Street Pastor (in Stamford) and also took on the role of ATR. I have trained Street Pastors both in R & R and also Refresher Training both in the UK and abroad. In 2013 I assisted to train, launch and deploy the first Street Pastor programme in Africa, in Lagos, Nigeria; where we trained and deployed 60 Street Pastors. In 2014 I formulated, commenced training and am now also National Co-ordinator of the latest Ascension Trust Initiative; ‘Response Pastors’ ( http://www.streetpastors.org/about-us/response-pastors/ ).

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    Ann Murphy
    Westcotes

    I grew up in a non-Christian household in Slough, but went to Sunday school with some school friends from the age of 11. Found faith in Christ at the age of 12 at a Pentecostal youth camp. From the age of 16 took on various responsibilities in running Sunday school classes and large youth camps and was also a Red Cross cadet, learning 1st Aid and using it in public at Windsor Castle and Ascot Race course from 11-16 years old. Most recent non Street Pastor experience - studying Fresh Expressions of Church / Pioneer Ministry in Lincoln - part time over 2 years and assisting 5 Anglican churches in Leicestershire to develop their own mission activiities - outreach to non-Churched people. Please edit if you need to - I seem to have done a lot in my life, missed out some things! - St Paul was right - being single gives you more freedom to serve God ! footnote - Anne Scarfe who recently received a Pride of Britain award - she was my Bible Class teacher !

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    Adrian Prior-Sankey
    Taunton

    Adrian Prior-Sankey is a former Baptist Minister based in Taunton, Somerset, with lots of life experience having served as a Special Constable, Chairman of a local authority and an ecumenical represenative, leading him to being described on one occasion as a 'one man urban Trinity'! He is the author of the Street Pastors' Leadership Course and enjoys travelling widely to share his passion for making Jesus known to people of all ages through the care we offer.

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    Daniel Stone
    London

    Daniel Stone: National School and College Pastors Coordinator, Lambeth Street and School Pastors Coordinator

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    Derek Wilkinson
    Bassetlaw

    Daniel Stone: National School and College Pastors Coordinator, Lambeth Street and School Pastors Coordinator

our Events

ASCENSION TRUST OVERSEAS MISSION 2015

Thursday 8th October - Sunday 18th October 2015

The Ascension Trust Overseas Mission 2015 is nearly here. Total cost is £1,250, incl travel, accomodation & food. For an application form and further information please contact missions@ascensiontrust.org.uk.

Ascension Trust Overseas Mission 2015

 

2015 Graduation and Annual Dinner

Saturday 28th November 2015

Booking is now open for the 2015 Graduation and Annual Dinner for all Street, School, College, Prayer, Response and Rail Pastors.

Click here to book your tickets.

The venue is the ILEC Conference Centre IBIS London Earls Court, 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD. Graduation will be at 3pm and the Dinner at 6pm.

 

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Contact us for via phone, email or letter: connect with us. Our office hours are Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00.

London Head Office

Ascension Trust, Alpha House, Alpha Place, Garth Road
Morden, Surrey, SM4 4TQ

Phone

+44 0208 330 2809

Email

info@ascensiontrust.org.uk

Scotland Head Office

Ascension Trust Scotland, Suite 4D, Kinnaull House, Friarton Road, Perth, Scotland, PH2 8DG

Phone

+44 01738 248143

Email

scotlandenquiries@ascensiontrust.org.uk

 

Careers

As a Charitable Organisation growing locally and abroad, from time to time different opportunities arise for volunteer services, specific temporary assignments and staffing vacancies. If Ascension Trust inspires you and you would like to work with us, send us your thoughts and CV and as the need arises we will contact you.

If, like many people, you are intrigued with the information about voluntary Street Pastors and School Pastors on our website and would like information on becoming one then please Contact us or visit their websites:
www.streetpastors.org.uk
www.schoolpastors.org.uk