Happy New Year 2014
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (to our Welsh projects) / Feliz Año Nuevo (to our Spanish projects)
Your people will rebuild the cities that were destroyed long ago.
And you will build again on the old foundations.
You will be called the one who repairs broken walls.
You will be called the one who makes city streets like new again.
Isaiah 58:12 - The Bible
Thanks to all those who volunteer, support, lead and pray within our one hundred and twenty five local projects. 2013 was a tremendous year of serving and making the difference in the lives of individuals and communities. As an international network we have grown in influence and are now approached almost weekly to share about the work we do with media, MP's, organisations, etc. You can read a few of the things achieved in 2013 on our Christmas Card - here's to more in 2014 and that as local projects and an international network we will be called the ones who make city streets like new again...
Moving forward we would like to highlight several events to you:
Songs of Praise - BBC 1's popular religious programme Songs of Praise is to feature the work of Street Angels on Sunday 19th January. The programme features a sequence where Diane Louise Jordan joins the Bedford Street Angels on a busy Saturday night and finds out first hand how the Street Angels play a vital role in keeping people safe – and in a moving interview with Frederick and Fran Gill she learns how the tragic murder of their son Robert acted as a catalyst to the formation of Bedford Street Angels. Watch listings nearer the date for the time of the broadcast.
#Do1NiceThing Lent Challenge - Love Your Streets is one of the five strands of our work and during Lent we encourage people to #Do1NiceThing every day until Easter. More information is here.
Northern Conference - a one day conference in York with keynote speaker Jarrod Cooper, singer Phillipa Hanna and several afternoon workshops that will resource and equip those who volunteer. Saturday 12th April - see here for details and to book.
Afternoon Tea at Lambeth Palace - Monday 20th October - more details to be announced soon...
2015:10 - In 2015 we are celebrating significant anniversaries across three nations! In Northern Ireland, Belfast Nightlight was launched in 1995 (following a trial in 1989 - 1991) and so is celebrating 20 years; Scotland Dundee's Street Chaplains launched in 2000 and celebrates 15 years; and in England Halifax Street Angels launched in 2005 and so is celebrating 10 years. We are planning a year of 2015:10 celebrations in 2015. It is hoped to hold a National Conference and several celebration events to celebrate all that is achieved through our amazing connected projects. More details over 2014 - to be involved contact Paul.
BIG response BIG issues - following discussions on the CNI Network Facebook Group we are looking at promoting ways local communities can offer a coordinated BIG response to BIG issues that effect local areas. We recognise that individually projects are limited as to the extent of what they can do but working together we can begin to tackle the reason behind the issues and problems not just offer a 'sticking plaster'. More will be developed over the coming weeks.
From the Blog:
Calls for street angels to keep city centre revellers safe after Adam Pickup tragedy - our thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of Adam at this time
Police officer who initiated Ipswich Town Pastors awarded MBE - congratulations Neil from CNI Network!
Boro Angels in Evening Gazette
Angels Are Watching Over Festive Aylesbury Party-Goers
Bishop of Manchester highlights Street Angels in Christmas Message
Meet the team that keeps Sleaford safe at night
Burton Street Angels receive £16,000 boost
Premier radio interview Paul Blakey following Prime Minister's Christmas message
Housing Hartlepool Funds Street Angels
Bolton was well behaved on Mad Friday / Bolton Street Angels find a new home
Proposed Stockton Town Pastors mobile unit
Lichfield Late Night Nativity
South Tyneside Street Angels will fly to aid of festive revellers
Mad Friday safety tips
Blackpool Street Angels trained by Papyrus
Sleaford Target tweet a night with StreetSource
Guildford Street Angels Newsletter
Hull's Christmas drunks to be treated at makeshift medical centre in Trinity Square
Police in new bid to cut sexual offences
A Night Out with the Club Angels
'Brilliant' start for Tamworth Street Angels
Stockton Town Pastors December Newsletter
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates from across the Network...
As we enter a quieter period between New Year and Easter please pray for our volunteer teams as they patrol on very cold nights. Pray for the work of our partner agencies.
Some of our projects have become prayer twins - offering support and prayer for one another:
Exmouth Open Door NightShift (who had the idea) and Whitby Street Angels
Stockton Town Pastors and Blackpool Street Angels
Dundee Club Chaplains and Leeds Club Angels and Croydon Club Angels
Wash My Pink Jumper / Witney Street Pastors and Sanktuary Telford
Above a few pictures from over the busy Christmas and New Year period - our thanks to every person who volunteered, some until 6am, to keep our towns and cities safer and nicer.
Sunday 19th January - Songs of Praise on BBC1 to feature Bedford Street Angels - see here
Sunday 19th January - Tamworth Street Angels commissioning service with guests Paul and Jean Blakey - more details on our Facebook / Twitter pages nearer date.
Sunday 19th January - Bolton Street Angels celebration event - Trevor Bendrien, chair of trustees, is speaking - more details on our Facebook / Twitter pages nearer date.
Thursday 23rd January - Club Angels Croydon Training - email Third Space Ministries for more info.
Tuesday 25th February - CNI Network Trustees and Vision day - local projects welcome to input in the afternoon - day is in Halifax. Contact Paul for more details.
Talks - Paul is available to talk to groups (ladies groups, Rotary, luncheon clubs, etc) on the work of Street Angels - CNI Network. He is willing to travel within an hour or so of Halifax and asks for a donation and travel expenses (towards the work of CNI). Trustees are available in other areas of the country. Paul recently received feedback: 'Your talk to the group in July proved to be one of the most enjoyable in recent years. The members are still talking about the work you and the Street Angels undertake' - email for details.
Dudes With Wings - mugs, magnets, keyrings, cards with the 'Dudes With Wings' logo! See here for details and to order. CNI linked projects can input a code to receive 50% discount (the full RRP you sell at will benefit your local project) - email Paul for the code.
Who are the Street Angels? comics - thanks to UCB we are able to offer 50 of these free (£5 donation requested for postage) to each project.
WeHelpedYou.org.uk - a web site with various ways of donating to local projects or CNI Network including Give As You Live, on-line, sponsored events, text and donating a scrap car!
Flip-flops - we have several thousand pairs of flip-flops available to local CNI projects. They are available in packages of 50 size 4 and 50 size 6 for £75 + carriage (£10 of pick up from West Yorkshire).
YourNight - this mobile app is essential to help those who go out in your centre to have a safe and fun night. What a great gift to our communities - see here for more information.
Over the winter months Street Angels faced with minus temperatures, cold winds, snow, ice and frost have to keep their heads warm! The blog entry and Facebook album is to feature funny hats and we invite you to like the picture - the ones with the most likes win a prize (by end of March 2014 when the weather warms up!!!)
Email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject HATS!
CNI Network is supporting two campaigns - please sign the online petitions if you feel you can also support: