To conclude the Weekend of Love which has been taking place this weekend, Love Your Streets has been launched in conjunction with Hope Together. This initiative focuses on encouraging people to take responsibility for the community; Love Your Streets is a grass roots movement hoping to reinvent the good old fashioned community spirit!
As part of the United NG9 Event in Beeston, Love Your Street was launched yesterday, Sunday 13th February. 300 people gathering at the Pearson Centre to hear Roy Crowne, the Executive Director of Hope Together urge Christian people to get involved in the Love Your Street initiatives by joining in through words and action and by doing it together. The United Hope event also saw the public birth of the new Street Angels project to Beeston, led by Hope Nottingham, which will be launched in March. As part of yesterday’s event, a cheque for £300 was presented on behalf of Tesco Express, Beeston to contribute towards the equipment needed for the Street Angels Project.
Roy Crowne, who is a supporter of Street Angels will be going out as a Street Angels in Beeston, alongside Paul Blakey MBE, Founder of Street Angels on their launch night which take place on Friday 11th March from 9.00pm – 12midnight. This will be preceded by a service of Commissioning at 7.30pm for the new volunteers who will be taking up this work. Venue to be announced.
Speaking after the launch, Adam May, the National Director of Development for CNI said
I was delighted to share in the NG9 event this weekend which was a major encouragement for the work of Hope Nottingham. With the start of Beeston Street Angels and celebrating the launch of Love Your Streets, this is true demonstration of the Gospel of love in action. As lovers up and down the land show their love for one another, the challenge is not to lose sight of the need of the wider love of the community which is needed.
Mayor of Boxtowne, Pat Lalley, has shown his own personal support for Beeston Street Angels:
I am delighted that Beeston Street Angels will be a welcome addition to our area, in our attempt to improve community safety. The plans of Hope Nottingham to develop patrols of volunteers to be 'on our streets' each weekend will hopefully bring community and sense. I wholeheartedly endorse their work and look forward to seeing what can be achieved in Beeston in the first twelve months. I hope that, from March when they start they will be a familiar presence in our area. Good luck and thank you Street Angels!