Paul and Jean Blakey spent Easter weekend in Exmouth on the Devon coast. They met with the Open Door NightShift volunteers and people looking at setting up a similar scheme in Teignmouth and Dawlish.
The project was launched 5 years ago and has seen the numbers of people out and about on weekend evenings reduce significantly over this time due to the closure of the university campus. There is sill a need for OpenDoor Nightshift and it was great to hear of feedback from people who have received help (including the daughter of the bed and breakfast who has received flip-flops from the volunteers on 2 occasions and was very thankful that people were out and about to make sure she was safe).
The team have great links with door-staff, pub and fast food owners, taxi drivers, CCTV (which is run by volunteers) and police. The evening started with handing out creme eggs (it was Easter Sunday) to people working in the town! Easter Sunday (known as Super Sunday locally) is the night when many people go out and there was queues at the clubs later on in the evening.
Barry from OpenDoor had an idea of prayer twinning - twinning CNI Network projects together to share prayer needs, good news stories, etc. If you are interested in this email Paul.